The American Pop Art artist Roy Lichtenstein was born on October 27, 1923 in New York. In 1940 he studied there at the Art Students League, then attended the art school at Ohio State University in Columbus until 1942. After the war, during which he was a soldier from 1943 to 1946, Roy Lichtenstein continued his art studies until 1949. 

In 1951 Lichtenstein lived in Cleveland, where he also had his first little successful exhibition. From 1951 until 1957 Lichtenstein was a drawing teacher at the Ohio State University. From 1957 until 1960 he taught at the New State University in Oswego, New York. From 1960 1963 he taught at the Douglass College of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

It was not until 1960 that Roy Lichtenstein found his inherent and unique style of painting. In drawings he used cartoon characters. In 1961 Roy Lichtenstein painted six large-format images as comic strips and also copied the dot matrix from the print source. After the gallery owner Leo Castelli took notice of him, he began his successful career as an artist.

In addition to the comic strips Lichtenstein also used illustrations and classified ads in newspapers and magazines as a template and pool of ideas for his paintings. Everyday life offered him the raw material from which he selected. Later Roy Lichtenstein used other works of art, such as pictures of Cézanne, Matisse or Mondrian, and translated them into his characteristic manner of painting. From 1969 to 1972 he created the "Mirror Paintings". Starting 1970 Roy Lichtenstein designed also some large-scale murals. From 1990 on, he also created sculptural works.

Roy Lichtenstein, together with Andy Warhol being the most important representatives of Pop Art, dies in 1997 in New York.