Andy Warhol, born in 1928, is arguably one of the most influential figures of modern and contemporary art. After developing a rare nervous system disease as a child that left him bedridden for months, he began his first drawing lessons. He also became enamoured by films and also developed a passion for photography at a young age. He grew up to become a successful illustrator, and provided his art to be used for magazines and advertisements. Becoming one of the most successful commercial artists of the 1950s, Warhol decided to explore a more conceptual side to his work, debuting the concept of pop art: art that focused on consumerism, the visuals of commercialism, and popular culture.