Andy Warhol, born Andrew Warhola on 6 August 1928 in Pittsburgh, is one of the most iconic figures of the Pop Art movement. Known for his bold and innovative depictions of consumer culture, Warhol revolutionised visual art and continues to influence generations of artists. Hurtebize Gallery is proud to present a unique work of Warhol, celebrating his legacy in modern art.

Youth and Education

Exploring Warhol‘s early life, his interest in art began as a child. After graduating from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, Warhol moved to New York where he began his career as an advertising illustrator.

Rise to fame

In the 1960s, Warhol gained notoriety for his bold works such as Campbell’s soup cans and portraits of Marilyn Monroe. His ability to blend art and advertising defined the Pop Art movement, marking the history of contemporary art.

The Factory

The Factory, his New York studio, became a meeting place for intellectuals, drag queens, playboys and celebrities. This environment played a crucial role in the creation of his most famous works and in the development of his philosophy: “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”.


Collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat

In the mid-1980s, Andy Warhol formed a friendship and artistic collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat, an artist whose raw and expressive works captured the essence of urban life and racial struggles. This alliance marked a period of creative renewal for Warhol, inspiring a series of collaborative works that fused the two artists’ distinct styles. Their partnership became legendary, symbolising a bridge between two generations of artists and two radically different approaches to art.

Influence and legacy

Warhol was not only an artist but also a visionary. His exploration of mass production, celebrity and popular culture left an indelible mark on modern art. His works remain among the most sought-after by collectors and continue to inspire artists and designers alike. Andy Warhol remains a central figure in modern art, whose work transcends time and generations. Galerie Hurtebize invites art lovers to discover or rediscover Warhol’s world, reflecting the complexity and beauty of the modern era.

Death of Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol died on 22 February 1987, at the age of 58, following complications from surgery. His death marked the end of an era in modern art, leaving behind an indelible legacy. Warhol not only redefined the concept of art with his iconic works and avant-garde philosophy, he also paved the way for new forms of artistic expression. His death was deeply felt by the art community, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was profoundly affected by the loss of his friend and mentor.