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Roy Lichtenstein Born in New York on October 27, 1923 and died on September 29, 1997. He was raised in a middle-
In 1951 the first individual exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein is organized in the Carlebach Gallery in New York with works between Cubism and Expressionism. That same year he moved with his wife to Cleveland for a six years period in which his two children were born. Lichtenstein returns to New York in 1957 to teach industrial design at New York State University in Oswego. It adheres to Abstract Expressionism. Three years later he teaches at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. With the new environment, his style changed again and created his first works of Pop Art in 1961. Among them is especially decisive in his career Look Mickey (1961) for being the first to use the style that was going from there to turn into its stamp of identity: well-
From then on his works are exhibited alongside those of other pop artists like Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns in Leo Castelli Gallery, where in 1962 all works of his individual exhibition are sold in advance before the opening. The influence of the collectors weighs more than that of those critics who consider their representations of everyday objects and comic strips empty and vulgar. The series of canvas based on cartoons of women of DC Comics and images of explosions position he as one of the most recognized Pop Art artists in the international scene. In the mid-
Finding the formula for success, Lichtenstein makes few variations on his style; But it does not stop exploring its possibilities in the representation of different subjects. Between the end of the seventies and the eighties he creates sculptures by order for public spaces of several international cities.
With a great commercial success and the recognition as one of the indispensable artists of contemporary art development in XX century (among other honors receives in 1995 the National Medal of the Arts of his country), Roy Lichtenstein dies of pneumonia a month before 74 years of age.