Ethnicity: Roy Lichtenstein's family belonged to the an upper-middle-class and was Jewish. His parents were born in United States – the father came from Brooklyn, New York, and the mother was born in New Orleans and raised in Connecticut.
Roy Lichtenstein was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States on October 27, 1923. He was the first-born of Milton Lichtenstein, a real estate broker for Lichtenstein & Loeb and co-owner of Garage Realty, and Beatrice Lichtenstein, a homemaker.
Milton took part in World War I. Beatrice gave piano lessons and it was she who introduced her children to the culture sending them to different concerts and museums in New York City, such as the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art.
Roy revealed his artistic faculties in early childhood. The boy adored drawing and sculpting as well as designing model airplanes, he played piano and clarinet, and was fascinated by jazz which he often listened to at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Lichtenstein even had a jazz band.
The young Lichtenstein always sketched performing artists, for example, the jazz musicians and the actors of the show Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin at the Alvin Theater in 1935.