Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1945 he entered Carnegie Mellon University and majored in pictorial design. Not wasting any time immediately after graduating, Warhol moved to New York and became a successful illustrator for magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and The New Yorker. He later landed an advertising job, dressing window displays for Bonwit Teller and I. Miller.
Warhol’s career blossomed in the late early ‘60’s after deciding to mass produce images of pop culture. In order to realize his dream to do so, he opened The Factory in 1962. He once said, “It was an art studio where I employed in a rather chaotic way "art workers" to mass produce mainly prints and posters but also other items like shoes designs.” His innovations in printmaking also made Warhol a significant figure in art history. He pioneered a printing process whereby an enlarged photographic image is transferred to a silk screen that is then placed on a canvas and inked from the back.