Banksy

Banksy


English

1974 – 

Banksy is a graffiti artist from Bristol, UK, whose artwork has appeared throughout the streets of London, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Ontario, and throughout the world. Though Banksy’s true identity remains unknown his artwork has become a staple in street art and politics. He mainly uses stencils placed on public buildings but he has also worked with sculpture, London telephone booths, and more recently canvases and prints. In addition to raising political, social, and judicial public awareness, Banksy also enjoys pulling pranks. He has secretly hung his own paintings in front of masterpieces in the most famous museums in the world. He has successfully done this in London’s Tate Modern, New York Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum and the American Museum of Natural History. More recently his unique spray-painted “Girl with a Balloon” went up for auction at Sotheby’s. Just as the work sold for £1 million, the artwork self-destructed, shredding the artwork as it moved down the frame, sending shock-waves through the crowd. Banksy has published five books and starred in a documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), about the popularity of street art filmed by French street artist, Mr. Brainwash.