Roy Lichtenstein (October 27, 1923- September 29, 1997) was an American Pop Artist from New York City. A contemporary of Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist, his work featured bright, primary colors, such as red, blue, and yellow, often depicting comic strip parodies. Some of his most famous pieces include “Oh, Jeff… I Love You, Too… But…,” “Drowning Girl,” and “Whaam!”
He studied at Ohio State University, and after a three year stint in the United States Army during World War II, he earned his MFA in 1949. His first solo show was at New York City’s Carlebache Gallery in 1951. He taught at Rutgers University in 1960 where his interest in proto-pop imagery was ignited.
His work has been exhibited widely internationally. Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Cologne’s Museum Ludwig house the largest permanent collections of his work.