Andy Warhol (August 6th 1928 – February 22nd 1987) was an American artist who became a central figure in the movement known as pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter; an avant garde filmmaker, a record producer, an author and a well respected public figure.
A controversial figure during his lifetime (his work was often derided by critics as a hoax or "put-on"), Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books and documentary films since his death in 1987. Though he is generally acknowledged as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.
Compared to the success and scandal of Warhol's work in the 1960s, the 1970s would prove a much quieter decade. This period, however, saw Warhol becoming more entrepreneurial. Warhol devoted much of his time to rounding up new, rich patrons for portrait commissions — including:
Warhol was not just a painter...But rather a designer of paintings.