John Warhola, elder brother of artist Andy Warhol has died, on Christmas Eve, in Pittsburgh, from pneumonia. He was 85. Warhola, was one of the three founding members of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and guardian of his legacy. He was a driving force and spearheaded the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh an archive that holds many of Warhol’s work along with original studio contents and letters. A third brother, Paul became an artist, late in life with public exhibitions and widespread interest, Donald Warhola said his dad preferred to focus on the museums and his three children.
After their father’s death, John Warhola worked odd jobs to support their mother and pay for the education of his brother Andy, who moved to New York to become one of the most controversial yet popular artists of the late 20th Century. Andy Warhol died in 1987 from a routine Gall Bladder operation stemming from complications from being shot and wounded at the height of his career.