Roy Lichtenstein was a prominent twentieth-century American artist.
Lichtenstein was born on October 27, 1923, in New York City. He attended private schools in New York, and enrolled in art classes at the Arts Students League.
After graduating from high school, Lichtenstein enrolled at The Ohio State University. He graduated from Ohio State after serving three years in the United States military during World War II. After earning his bachelor's degree, Lichtenstein entered graduate school at Ohio State. He also taught art courses at the university for a number of years.
In 1951, Lichtenstein moved to Cleveland, Ohio. He held odd jobs when he was not painting. He also held his first one-man art show in New York City in 1951. He received positive reviews for his work, which was cubist in design. It was not until the early 1960s that Lichtenstein adopted the abstract impressionistic and pop art styles that made him famous.
By 1957, Lichtenstein had moved back to New York. In 1960, he accepted a teaching position at Rutgers University. He remained at Rutgers for only two years. Art collectors began to purchase his pop art pieces, and Lichtenstein was able to support himself. He continued to paint and also sculpted a few works.
Roy Lichtenstein died from pneumonia on September 29, 1997.