Warhol started his career in advertising. In the mid 1950s het started to make paintings of famous American products like Campbell and Coca-Cola. In the 1960s he switched to silkscreen prints. His studio, The Factory became a meeting place of artists and would be artists like Mick Jagger, Lou Reed and Truman Capote. One of the regulars, Valerie Solanas shot Warhol in 1968, almost killing him. In 1970s and 1980s he mainly made prints of famous people
Besides being a painter, Warhol also made movies. His most famous one is Sleep (1963), which shows a man sleeping for eight hours.