Facilitator: Thom Maltbie
December 17, 2012
Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1928. He birth name was Andrew Warhola. He grew up in Pittsburgh, with his two older brothers and his parents, both of whom had emigrated from Czechoslovakia (Biography, 2012). His father was a construction worker, while his mother was an embroiderer. They were devout Catholics who attended mass regularly, and maintained much of their Slovakian culture and heritage (Biography, 2012). Even as a young boy, Andy liked to draw, color and cut and paste pictures. His mother, who was also artistic, would encourage him by giving him a chocolate bar every time he finished a page in his coloring book.
Elementary school was traumatic for Andy, at the age of 8; he contracted Chorea – a rare and sometimes fatal disease of the nervous system (Biography, 2012). This illness left him bedridden for several months. During this time, his mother gave him drawing lessons. Drawing soon became his favorite pastime. He also loved photography. When he was 9 years old, his mother gave him his first camera and he made a makeshift darkroom in their basement (Biography, 2012). Andy attended Holmes Elementary school and took the free art classes offered at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, which is now the Carnegie Museum of Art.
In 1942, at the age of 14, Andy suffered a tragedy when his father passed away from a jaundiced liver (Biography, 2012). He was so upset from the passing of his father, he hide under his bed throughout the wake and funeral. During high school, Andy took art classes at school and at the Carnegie Museum. He was somewhat of an outcast because he was quiet and could always be found with a sketchbook in his hands. Andy loved to go to the movies and he started a collection of celebrity autographed photos. Years later, these pictures appeared in his artwork (Biography, 2012).
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