Banksy is an extremely popular street artists who is believed to have been born in the English city of Bristol in the 1970s. However, one of the most interesting and unusual things about Banksy is that the artist has never sought fame and has actually managed to keep his identity hidden over the years. However, it is believed that the man behind the artist may be either Robin Gunningham or Robert Banks.
Banksy’s provocative stenciled street art began to draw attention in the early 1990s when it could be seen adorning many of the buildings in Bristol. At this time Banksy was part of the city’s graffiti gang DryBreadZ Crew. His early work was mainly freehand, although Banksy also occasionally used stencils.
By the late 1990s Banksy was mainly working with stencils and his artwork was widely recognized on the streets of Bristol and London. Banksy’s easily recognizable style and stark messages quickly earned him a rapidly increasing fan base of non-traditional art fans. This artwork is characterized by arresting images that are often accompanied by slogans. Political themes can often be found in Banksy’s work as well as satirical critique on war, hypocrisy, greed and capitalism.
Among the common subjects captured in Banksy’s artwork are rats, apes, policemen and children. While he is best known for his street art, Banksy has also completed a number of celebrated installation projects including a piece featuring a live elephant which he painted with a striking Victorian wallpaper pattern.
These days, Banksy has become an international icon. His artwork can be found reproduced on the walls of buildings all over the world, while screen prints of his most famous images adorn everything from t-shirts to bags and sweatshirts. Although his work may have started life as acts of so-called vandalism, these days Banksy’s artwork is coveted by some of the world’s most prolific art collectors.