Born in Manhattan, Roy Lichtenstein began his pop-art paintings in strong, clear colours and shapes in 1961. Contemporary advertisements, cartoons and comics influence his works. Although Lichtensteinís early works were criticised as silly and banal, he is one of the most important representatives of new American art, along with Andy Warhol, and has critically influenced artistic work in the 20th century. Many of his works are shown in leading museums and galleries in Europe and in the USA. He was awarded the Kyoto Prize, one of the highest awards honouring his services to sciences and arts. In addition to painting, Lichtenstein dedicated himself to screen printing, woodcut, sculpting, collages and ceramic works.
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