- NAME: Roy Lichtenstein
- OCCUPATION: Illustrator, Painter
- BIRTH DATE: October 27, 1923
- DEATH DATE: September 29, 1997
- EDUCATION: The Ohio State University, The Franklin School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York City, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York City, New York
- Full Name: Roy Fox Lichtenstein
- Full Name: Roy Lichtenstein
Best Known For
Roy Lichtenstein was an American pop artist best known for his boldly-colored parodies of comic strips and advertisements.
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
"I don't have big anxieties," he said. "I wish I did. I'd be much more interesting."
By the late 1960s, Lichtenstein had stopped using comic book sources. His focus instead turned to creating paintings that seemed to either pay homage to or mimic the works of Picasso, Cezanne and others.
His art took other forms as well, such as the paintings of living rooms he made in the 1970s. A decade later he returned to sculpture, even producing a 25-foot-high called "Brushstrokes in Flight" that resides in the Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. He also produced a five-story-tall mural for the lobby of the Equitable Center in Manhattan.
Shy and never drawn to the spotlight, Lichtenstein continued to stay committed to his craft even toward the end of his life, often spending at least 10 hours a day in his studio. In 1995, he received the National Medal of Arts.
Lichtenstein married twice. He and his first wife, Isabel, whom he divorced in 1965, had two sons together. He married Dorothy Herzka in 1968.
Lichtenstein died of complications from pneumonia on September 29, 1997, at the New York University Medical Center in Manhattan. He was living in Manhattan at the time of his death.
© 2013 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.
profile name: Roy Lichtenstein profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
Pop art, which started in the mid 1950s in the U.K. and just a few years later in the U.S., is the use of popular ad and news imagery, usually in an ironic and/or kitschy sort of way. Whether conceptual or experiential, pop art is art for the masses...and thanks to Andy Warhol, we'll never look at Campbell's Soup cans the same way again.
Famous Pop Artists 7 people in this group
Famous Scorpios 506 people in this group
Famous Illustrators 44 people in this group