James Warhola

Artist and illustrator James Warhola is the nephew of Andy Warhol, whom he remembers with admiration and affection, saying that “He was my childhood idol.”

He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in design from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977. From 1977-80 he studied at the Art Students' League in New York with Jack Faragasso, then privately with Michael Aviano from 1980-84. Over the last decade, he has worked as a book illustrator for several major publishing houses, among them Warner and Prentice-Hall. He has designed over 300 science-fiction and fantasy covers for the works of such noted authors as Spider Robinson, Heinlein, and W. Gibson.

Since 1987, he has concentrated on illustrating children’s books. These include The Pumpkinville Mystery, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Tinderbox, Well, I Never, The Brave Little Tailor, and Aunt Hilarity’s Bustle. His latest releases are illustrated versions for children of two Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, The Surrey with the Fringe on Top and My Favorite Things.

Warhola’s highly creative imagination produces memorable images with a fantastic sense of humor, color, and detail in both oils and watercolors. He lives in upstate New York and serves as a consultant to the Museum of Modern Art (the Warhol Family Museum) in Medzilaborce, Ruthenia (ancestral home of the Warhola family).

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