Roy Lichtenstein Biography

New York, 1923-1997

American painter, sculptor and printmaker, and one of the most popular Pop artists, of all time.

Trained at the Art Students League in New York and then at Ohio State University, Columbus, initially worked in Abstract Expressionist style. After changing to Pop art, his first solo-exhibition was held at the Leo Castelli Gallery, in New York.

Similar to other Pop artists of his time, he used images from the commercial world, but in his own personal style. His most characteristic works are where he creates comic strips in very large formats, while emphasizing the primary colors and the dots associated with the low cost comic book printing. Example of such artwork includes Whaam! at the Tate Gallery, London. He later began creating Pop versions of artworks by several modern art masters, like Mondrian.

He has also been associated with several large-scale public commissions, such as Mermaid at the Theatre of Performing Arts, Miami and Mural with Blue Brushstrokes, at the Equitable Building, New York.



Madrid, Reina Sofia, Roy Lichtenstein

London, Hayward Gallery, Roy Lichtenstein

Neuss, Langen Foundation Hombroich, Bilder der Stille - Eroffnungsausstellung

Dresden, Kunst Haus, International Exhibition of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art

Salzburg, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 20 years

Barcelona, Centre de Cultura Contemporania, AT WAR

Vienna, Albertina, Pop Art & Minimalismus

Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Das MoMA in Berlin

Stockholm, Moderna Museet, The Pontus Hulten Collection

Columbus, OH, Wexner Center for the Arts, Splat Boom Pow!


Humlebaek/Copenhagen, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Roy Lichtenstein

Vienna, BA-CA Kunstforum, Roy Lichtenstein

New York, Metropolitan Museum, Roy Lichtenstein

Dusseldorf, NRW-Forum, AUTO-NOM

Graz, Neue Galerie, SUPPORT 1 - Die Neue Galerie als Sammlung

Hamburg, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Gunter Sachs

Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Mid-Century Masterworks from the Collection

Dusseldorf, museum kunst palast, The Power of Pop

Aachen, Ludwig Forum, aufgeschraubt und abgestaubt

Bilbao, Guggenheim, Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons


Helsinki, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Frankfurt, Museum fur Moderne Kunst

Munich, Galerie Terminus

Liverpool, Tate, Shopping


New York, Mitchell-Innes & Nash

New York, Gagosian Gallery - Madison

New York, Leo Castelli


New York, Paula Cooper Gallery


Zurich, Lawrence Rubin

Miami, Bass Museum of Art

San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art


Retrospective. Guggenheim New York, NY


Ludenscheid, Galerie Friebe


Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum

Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle


Centre national d'art contemporain, Paris

Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin


Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY


Guggenheim Museum, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

National Gallery of Australia

Art Institute of Chicago

Tate Gallery, London

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

National Galleries of Scotland


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