Banksy, a street artist whose identity remains unknown, is believed to have been born in Bristol, England, around 1974. He rose to prominence for his provocative stenciled pieces in the late 1990s. Banksy is the subject of a 2010 documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, which examines the relationship between commercial and street art.
Arguably the most controversial street artist in the world, Banksy has developed an entire art subculture devoted to his works. Banksy’s art can impact any location at any given moment. His identityremains unknown, even after over 20 years of being involved with the graffiti scene. He has worked with many different types of street art media andstreet art types. His work not only includes many powerful, often controversialimages, but they may also be found throughout the Internet as viral images.
Banksy began his graffiti art lifestyle by admiring the works of Blek Le Ratand often recycling his old ideas. Initially, he hung around a graffiticrew in Bristol by the name of DryBreadZ crew or DBZ. Soon after, he began to partner with Inkie,another notable graffiti street artist.
The most common form of street art Banksy uses are stencils. These are often in the form of multi-layered stencils and/ or combined with other media sources, such as spray-paint. He also includes anything found in the streets like street signs and other objects to convey his message by crafting beautiful street art installations. His artwork is often satirical and combines dark humour with graffiti and also spread messages across art, philosophy, and politics.
By the early 2000s, Banksy relocated to London, where he began to gain notoriety and even worked on a series of international exhibits. Eventually, he decided to travel to Palestine and the West Bank, where he stencillednine images on the Bethlehem Wall. These images were an instant hit and virally exploded in the Internet.
Very little is known about Banksy himself, as he refuses to be interviewed and keeps his identity carefully maintained. A world-renowned mystery man, Banksy has risen through the ranks to become one of the world’s greatest street artists partly by creating an urgency to understand his character.
In Summer 2015, Banksy organized a temporary art project called Dismaland, a dystopian theme park built in the seaside resort town of Weston-Super-Mare, in England. Prepared in secret, the project unveiled 10 new works by Banksy and the pieces from 58 other artists.