Andy Warhol (1928-87), was named Andrew Warhola by his parents when he was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1928. Andy showed an early talent in drawing and painting. In 1945 he entered the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) where he mastered in pictorial design. Moved to New York at the age of twenty-one to become a commercial artist. This occupation gave him experience in silkscreen printing, which became he medium of choice. Warhol began making paintings of familiar objects such as soup cans and brillo pads. After a short period of hand-painting these works, Warhol began to use mechanical techniques to mass-produce his images. His interest in popular culture expanded as he began to depict celebrities and newspaper clippings in his prints. Warhol also created films and worked with the rock band, The Velvet Underground.