Roy Lichtenstein was one of the most influential and innovative artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He is pre-eminently identified with Pop Art, a movement he helped originate.
Roy Lichtenstein was born in 1923 in New York City, USA, to a successful real estate broker father and homemaker mother who exposed Roy and his sister to museums, concerts and other aspects of New York culture from an early age. Lichtenstein showed artistic and musical ability early on and spent hours in New York museums.
After graduating from Franklin School for Boys in 1940, he attended Ohio State University in Columbus, USA, where he created sculptural animal figures as well as portraits and still life works influenced by Picasso. In 1943, Lichtenstein was drafted into the army where he served as a clerk and draftsman, enlarging newspaper cartoons for his commanding officer. After receiving an honourable discharge in 1946, he returned to OSU to complete his degree.