The Man Behind «Andy Meets Warhol»: There Shouldn’t Be a Limit in the Art World

With its 70,000 followers, under which Kenny Schachter, Hauser & Wirth, Engadin Art Talks, and Zurich Art Weekend, Andy meets Warhol has been named best Instagram account for contemporary art by German magazine Monopol in 2017. The founder of «Andy meets Warhol» is Zurich-based Andy Hermann. With his blog and Instagram account he aims to foster the dialogue between art and the public and celebrates the cultural diversity of Switzerland. 

Art allows everyone to engage

For him, there’s no such thing as “bad art”, as he says: “Understanding a piece of artwork is very subjective. It allows everyone to engage and form an opinion, a feeling or an emotion.” 

His advice for someone who wants to pursue a career in the art world: “Don’t be intimidated. There’s not a right or wrong path to take. And art is free to everyone.”

Besides spreading his love for the arts online, his day job is working as a host at the McDonald’s at Zurich Bahnhofsplatz. He does it with passion and enjoys the encounters with the guests which are an inspiration for him. TEDxZurichSalon host Tanya König spoke with Andy Hermann for her video podcast «Swizz Art Biz». He tells her about the impact his grandmothers had on him, how he came about the idea of starting a blog, why he loves his job at the fast-food chain, and why art should be for everyone. Give this candid conversation a listen!

Sarah Ebling

          Sarah Ebling holds a professorship in Accessibility Studies at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and is a senior researcher at the University of Zurich. Her research focuses on natural language processing in the context of disabilities and special needs, specifically, sign language technology and automatic text simplification. Her groups’ contributions involve artificial intelligence techniques with a strong emphasis on user involvement. She is involved in various international and national projects and leads a large-scale Swiss innovation initiative entitled „Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies“ (2022-2026;