BANKSY

The cover of Banksy’s 2005 compilation, Wall and Piece, 2005, Graffiti Street Art

Banksy, is a 46 year old anonymous Street artist, Political Activist and Film director based in England who has been active since the 1990’s. He combines dark humor into his street art in a distinctive stenciling technique while still giving a political message through it.

He has been mostly known for his artwork “Girl with Balloon” which he created in 2002, it was auctioned then bided for the price of 1.4 Million dollars before automatically shredding itself which Banksy inserted into the frame himself just in case it was so ever be auctioned, After that his popular piece was being scattered around the U.K.

Banksy, Girl with Balloon, 2005, Graffiti Artwork.

Banksy started his career in the early 1990’s starting off as a graffiti artist who mostly free hand his artwork. In the late ’90s, he began using stencils predominantly which then his work became more widely recognized around Bristol and in London, as his signature style developed.

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Later in the years he directed a documentary called “Exit through the gift shop” Made in 2010 which is about a french immigrant obsessed with street art and his love to film it, he wanted to create a documentary involving all the videos he’s captured for Banksy to then create it.

His work often involve political themes, critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. Common subjects include rats, policemen, members of the royal family, and children, but very little is known about him, himself as he refuses to do interviews or any personal contact to maintain the curiosity of society.

Banksy has traveled across the country allowing us to find his artwork in areas in Australia, England, France, Italy, the United States, Canada, Jamaica, and even Israel. All of his pieces represent a story or political meaning behind it in each country creating controversy among the residents.

Banksy, Snow, 2018, Graffiti, Photograph.