Andy Warhol
(born 1928, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; died 1987, New York City, USA)

Original American pop artist famous for taking the techniques and imagery of the mass media and turning them into limited edition high art prints. Warhol was also an avant-garde film-maker whose subjects -- queers, junkies, wannabes -- populated his Factory studio in 1960s New York. Warhol invented a myth of the artist as a blank cypher who celebrates social abjection with an impersonal gaze.