A Celebration of Nico

A Celebration of Nico

The Warholian superstar's legacy remains a triumph of artistry on what would have been her 80th birthday.

The Warholian superstar's legacy remains a triumph of artistry on what would have been her 80th birthday.

Text: AJ Longabaugh

Christa Päffgen, better known to world as Nico, was one of the most celebrated female artists and visionaries of her time. A singer, songwriter, musician, model, and actress, the German sensation was one of Andy Warhol's most iconic muses and active members of Warhol's factory starring in the films like Chelsea Girls and Fellini's La Dolce Vita. 

In 1967 and during the midst of beginning her solo career as a musician, Warhol conjured the collaboration that would ultimately launch the outspoken artist to fame as a key part of the Velvet Underground's debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico. Under the advice and encouragement of her good friend and fellow musician Jim Morrison, Nico began a solo career amounting to 6 solo studio albums between 1967 and 1985.

In 1988, after a complex journey of love and tragedy, addiction and artistry, Nico died of a stroke whilst riding her bike one afternoon. On this, what would have been the superstar's 80th birthday, we look back at some of the remarkable images capturing the artist during the time where it all began.

L'artiste américain Andy WARHOL
L'artiste américain Andy WARHOL

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