Street Artist

About Banksy

A character as mythical as he is mysterious, Banksy has been stirring up curiosity since the 1990s.He is one of the most famous contemporary artists of the 21st century, and has established himself as a true star of the street art movement.His works, resolutely provocative, are the reflection of a deep societal commitment.

A priori, Banksy would come from Great Britain, and more particularly from Bristol where he was born in 1974.His real name could be Robin or Robert Banks. The use of the conditional is important here, because the street-artist has always preserved his anonymity.

Banksy’s face has never been revealed. He has been working with spray cans since the 1980s, but it is during the years 1992 to 1994 that he became important on the graffiti scene.
Along with his colleagues Kato and Tess, he joined a group called Bristol’s DrybreadZ Crew (DBZ).

A true child of the underground scene, Banksy revealed himself to the general public in the early 2000s, thanks to daring and subversive artistic performances.
Scattering fake banknotes bearing the effigy of Lady Di during a festival, entering incognito the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art, New-York) to display one of his paintings… His stunts earned him the nickname of “art terrorist”, feared by the police.

The mystery surrounding his real identity is so deep that many people wonder if x is really one man.

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