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Banksy

British  •  b. 1974

Biography

Anonymous street artist Banksy first turned to graffiti as a disillusioned youth. Inspired by the thriving graffiti community in his home city, Bristol, Banksy's works began appearing on trains and city streets in 1993, and by 2001, his signature, stenciled works had cropped up across the United Kingdom. Typically crafting his images with spray paint and cardboard stencils, Banksy is able to achieve a meticulous level of detail. His clean and immediately comprehensible aesthetic is a result of his unique ability to distill complex political and social statements into simple visual elements.  

Through whimsy and humor, his graffiti works, paintings, and screenprints satirically critique war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. His anti-establishment wit has had an undeniable impact on today’s contemporary street culture.

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  • All Banksy prints have to be authenticated by the artist's committee known as Pest Control.

  • Authorities have used both Mathematics and Criminology to uncover the artist's identity, with little success.

  • Banksy once stated that he had been "painting rats for three years before someone said 'that's clever: it's an anagram of art', and I had to pretend I'd known that all along."

"People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish...but that's only if it's done properly."

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