ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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Who Was Andy Warhol?

Who Was Andy Warhol?

What would pop art be without Andy Warhol? His colorful paintings and his bold personal brand became synonymous with the art movement. Nobody lived, breathed, and exemplified Pop Art more than Andy Warhol. 

Warhol’s favorite artistic subject? American pop culture—its obsession with celebrity, commerce, and consumerism. 

His signature pieces like the Marilyn Diptych and Campbell’s Soup Cans broke the barriers between commerce and creativity, high art and low art. Early critics hated it, high society loved it. These works turned celebrity and popular culture into art. And in turn, Warhol redesigned the way the world viewed fame. 

Yet despite his highly public and purposefully performative persona, Andy Warhol kept much of his personal life a mystery. So let’s unpack the myth of Andy Warhol—the icon, creative genius, and original influencer.

Who was Andy Warhol and what was he known for?

"Art is what you can get away with." - Andy Warhol

"Art is what you can get away with." - Andy Warhol

Name: Andrew Warhola Jr. 

Date of Birth: 6 August 1928

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: 22 February 1987 (58 years old)

Place of Death: New York City

Known for: Bright, colorful, funky paintings and prints of popular brands and people. Andy Warhol sparked the boom of the American Pop Art movement. His work blurs the lines between mass media and high art, serving as a commentary on society's obsession with pop culture and celebrity. 

7 Fun facts about pop artist Andy Warhol

To say Andy Warhol was ahead of his time is an understatement. The guy redefined celebrity and, to this day, remains a central figure in pop art. His life is not without controversy. Much of it he encouraged himself.

Warhol mastered being an influencer before influencers were even a thing. He turned his whole life into a work of art, and that includes how he performed and presented himself to the world.

Warhol as a person was just as popular as his artwork. Since he worked in commercial art, Warhol needed to craft and curate an intentional public persona to be remembered. As he said, “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art.”

Let’s take a look at some facets of Warhol’s life one fun fact at a time!

He changed his name to sound more American

Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Ondrej and Julia Warhola—two immigrants from Austria-Hungary, now Slovakia. His father worked in construction and his mother in embroidery. He was named Andrew Warhola, an Americanized version of his father’s name. 

Upon moving to New York to work as a commercial illustrator, Andy dropped the “a” in Warhola. He changed his name after seeing his work mistakenly credited as “Paintings by Warhol.”

He was a devout Catholic growing up

There’s a reason why Warhol became known as the Pope of Pop. Warhol was raised as a Byzantine Catholic. During his childhood, he and his family would go to Sunday Mass and pray. 

You can see how much religion influenced his art. It manifests in his icon paintings of pop culture. Warhol paints his canon of celebrities like Catholics revere their saints. 

Despite his celebrity, Andy Warhol didn’t drop his religious habits. He made daily visits to the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer on the Upper East Side. Some evenings, he would (secretly) volunteer at shelters run by the Church of Heavenly Rest. He even met  Pope John Paul II!

The infamous Factory and Warhol’s Superstars

When his career took off, Andy Warhol realized he needed a studio to avoid making a mess at home. Warhol would relocate his art space four times from 1963 to 1987.

But it wasn’t just Andy Warhol’s studio. It was the Factory. The hottest club in New York City. It was an exclusive space for art-making and sexual intrigue. 

There, Warhol was surrounded by people who inspired him: eccentrics, artists, celebrities, musicians, drag queens, and more. Some famous regulars at Warhol’s factory include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Liza Minnelli, David Bowie, and Mick Jagger.

He even formed a clique for his friends-slash-muses called the Warhol Superstars. 

These superstars partied with Andy Warhol and starred in many of his films. Some notable superstars include Baby Jane Holzer, Edie Sedgwick, Nico, Ultra Violet, Candy Darling, and Ingrid Superstar. They’re further immortalized in Lou Reed’s song, Walk on the Wild Side

Warhol’s Silver Era was named for one of the Factories, then entirely covered in silver foil.

Warhol made hundreds of highly provocative films

The 60s were some of Andy Warhol’s most prolific years, not just with art but with filmmaking—in fact, he made over 600 films!

He began shooting films around 1963. Mostly at the Factory. He screened the films there, too.

The thing is, these films aren’t exactly fit for public consumption. 

His movies were highly experimental—even to the avant-garde. Some people didn’t even consider them as films. Warhol hoped his films would break through into Hollywood but many theaters didn’t want to screen them for being too provocative. So Warhol had his movies screened at nightclubs and porn theaters.

It’s an age-old discussion: how do you separate art from pornography? Warhol’s answer: Maybe you don’t have to.

Andy Warhol openly expressed his queer identity

Andy Warhol wasn’t fully out, but he was queer. 

Perhaps due to his religion, Warhol was both flashy and clandestine with his sexuality. It depends on who asked. As a celebrity, he curated his public persona. He rarely said anything about his private life, his sexuality, or his long-term partners Jed Johnson and John Gould. 

The Netflix documentary, The Andy Warhol Diaries, offers a queer reading into the artist’s life and work. 

Warhol lived in a time of rampant homophobia and transphobia. Homosexuality was slowly being legalized across America. It’s unfair to his memory, but there’s a lot of queer erasure and suppression when scholars discuss Warhol’s life.

Yet, undoubtedly, his queer identity pops out in his art, his personal style, and his quirky mannerisms. You see it in his many erotic and experimental films. You can see it in the community he welcomed into the Factory. Many of them were fellow misfits: LGBTQ+ artists, trans folk, and drag queens. 

Despite the landscape of his time, Warhol still dared to be unapologetically himself. And that’s why he’s such an inspiration to the community and beyond.

He accumulated over 100 wigs throughout his lifetime

Andy Warhol obsessively curated his public image. However, he was insecure about his physical appearance—which led him to turn his self-consciousness into an art form.

In the 50s, Andy Warhol began going bald. So he started to wear wigs to hide his thinning hair. They started a mousey brown, then transitioned through shades of blond, and then his signature silvery gray. Their near-white color gave him an odd yet ageless look. 

Warhol’s wigs became one of his defining features. His brand, if you will. He gradually added more drama to his wigs, gluing and sculpting them in odd angles. 

He used over 100 wigs in his life. Around 40 of them are archived in the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Warhol survived an assassination attempt in 1968

On June 3, 1968, Andy Warhol was almost fatally shot in his studio. This marked the beginning of the end for The Factory. 

The shooter was radical feminist and writer Valerie Solanas, who appeared in his 1968 film, I, a Man. Solanas pitched one of her plays to Warhol but it fell through. Explaining herself, she said that Andy Warhol had too much control over her life.

Warhol was pronounced dead for two minutes before the doctors revived him. His injuries were so bad that he had to wear a surgical corset for the rest of his life to keep his organs from falling out. 

Andy Warhol developed a phobia of hospitals. All the more, he hated surgery and seeing doctors. 

This eventually factored into his death. Warhol delayed having his gallbladder problems checked until he eventually needed surgery. He died from post-operation complications on February 22, 1987, at the New York Hospital in Manhattan.

Famous artworks by Andy Warhol

Warhol never talked much about himself or his art. He preferred to let his work and public persona speak for themselves. He seamlessly intertwined fine art with pop culture and celebrity.

With that, let’s learn more about Warhol’s paintings.

Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962) 

“I used to drink it. I used to have the same lunch every day for 20 years.”

Can mass media and advertising be considered high art? Nobody thought so until Andy Warhol made his famous 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans paintings. That’s one painting for every variety of soup that Campbell’s offered at the time.

It’s inspired by Warhol’s childhood. Since he grew up in a modest house, he had Campbell’s tomato soup practically every day.  

The original series done in 1962 were accurate depictions of Campbell’s cans. Afterward, Andy Warhol experimented with their form and color throughout the different phases of his career. 

Marilyn Diptych (1962) 

This work is most representative of Warhol’s obsession with the cult of celebrity. It’s also an homage to the, then, recently deceased Hollywood actress. The Marilyn Diptych was completed shortly after Marilyn Monroe’s death in August 1962.

This silkscreen painting comprises a single image repeated 50 times and split into two panels. The now iconic image appropriates a publicity portrait from Marilyn Monroe’s 1953 film Niagara. On the left, we see Marilyn Monroe’s face in full, vivid color. On the right, she’s intentionally distorted in black and white—a nod to the silver screen, perhaps a metaphor for life and death.

Brillo Soap Pads Box (1964)

Not a real box, but a sculpture. Rather, a series of sculptures all meticulously crafted (cheekily) in an assembly line at Andy Warhol’s Factory. These boxes are yet another Warhol work that challenges consumerist imagery, positing it as high art.

You can’t even distinguish Warhol’s Brillo boxes from the ones you spot at a grocery store. They’re all virtually identical, meant to look machine-made. With the help of some carpenters and friends, Warhol had identical plywood boxes crafted and screen printed to look like boxes of household staples in a grocery warehouse. 

Is it art? Yes, it’s kind of like realism in a way. No, they’re literally branded boxes. There’s no right or wrong answer.

Banana (1966)

Andy Warhol also had major connections to popular music. He even managed the rock band The Velvet Underground in 1965, which led to him painting the cover for their self-titled debut album.

It’s become one of the most iconic album covers of all time. In early editions, the album cover featured a sticker that invited viewers to “Peel Slowly and See” a fleshy banana beneath. Intentionally phallic? A hundred percent. 

Rolling Stone named The Velvet Underground & Nico the most prophetic rock album ever made. Music enthusiasts see Warhol’s banana as the ultimate symbol for The Velvet Underground.

Mao (1973) 

Warhol’s first non-American subject and first politically-charged piece. At the time, Mao Zedong was the most famous—er, infamous?—person in the world. 

The image was taken from Mao’s communist publication the Little Red Book. It’s one of the most recognized portraits in the world. And Andy Warhol reproduced it 199 times in various sizes.

These portraits have a significant political message. They were made as a reaction to President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972. The huge volume of reproduced paintings echoes Mao’s cult-like following and mass distribution of his Communist propaganda.

Self Portrait (1986)

Andy Warhol was the king of the early selfie movement. His signature style of repetitive silkscreen portraits is a lot like our Instagram filters today, don’t you think? The most iconic of his self-portrait series also happens to be his last. It’s a haunting image of an aging yet monumental art figure, with the wildly styled wig and stark black backdrop. 

Only five versions of this dramatic, high-contrast painting exist—one each in red, blue, yellow, green, and purple.

It’s also known as the Fright Wig series. 

How well do you know Andy Warhol?

Have you ever seen a real and original Andy Warhol piece in the flesh? If not, maybe you could plan a vacation around it? 

You could head to the Andy Warhol Museum in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They hold the largest collection of Warhol’s original works. 

Meanwhile, the Tate galleries in London, Liverpool, and St. Ives contain the largest selection of Warhol works in the UK. 

Of course, a Warhol pilgrimage wouldn’t be complete without a visit to New York. Stop by the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art to see an extensive display of Warhol’s renowned screen print paintings. 

Now we’d like to know: What do you think, is his work art or not? What’s your favorite painting or work by the ever-iconic Andy Warhol? Did we miss it on our list? Let us know in the comments below!

For more art history fun facts, check out the Inspiration section in the ZenART blog!



Belle O. Mapa is a writer and artist based in Manila, Philippines. She believes that everyone is born with an inner creative spirit—we just need to nurture and discover it on the blank page. Currently, she lives out her passion: writing stories, hosting journaling workshops, and advocating for mental health awareness.

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