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Who is Banksy

Who is Banksy

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WHO IS BANKSY?
The life of the street artist is one of anonymity. Inmany of the world’s cities, the most noticeable andbreathtaking pieces of art aren’t created by world-renowned talents. They are created by theunknown street artistunder cover of darkness. Wenever see them and they are known only by their tagging pseudonyms. UK-based street artistBanksy is a notable half-exception to this rule. Hiswork is currently seen around the planet. There arefew in the art world (street or otherwise) who don’tknow his signature style. The exception, though, isthat no one is sure just who he is.
Who is Banksy? We may not know his real name, but his art is unmistakably the workof a passionate individual. So what do we know about Banksy? His paintings, stencils,and other art pieces frequently address serious social issues. He takes on capitalism,war, poverty, and governments with grace. His work often displays a keen sense ofhumor, making it equally possible that you will laugh or cast your eyes downthoughtfully upon seeing a Banksy piece.And although the pseudonym and thesignature style of the artist are well known,there’s not much else that we know for sureabout Banksy. A few tidbits of information arewidely accepted: he is from Bristol, UK, andgot involved in graffiti art sometime in theearly 90s. He began to gain widespreadnotoriety around 2003. He was born in oraround 1974 and sports a silver tooth. He is,according to the few people who have methim as Banksy, an unassuming and typical-looking man.His refusal to be interviewed in person or even to reveal his real name has added to hismystique over the years. In the UK (and, increasingly, in other parts of the world)Banksy-spotters claim to know the artist’s real identity on a fairly regular basis.
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Although he’s been caught on CCTV a few times, he is clever enough to keep hisidentity a mystery.Banksy’s work has been equated with vandalism on several occasions, and many havecalled for his prosecution. His choice of subject matter coupled with his medium(typically spray paint on public walls) ruffles feathers no matter where he is.Banksy’s talents aren’t limited to paint and the occasional pencil drawing. He has beenresponsible for a number of social commentaries involvingreplacing hundreds of ParisHilton CDswith CDs of his own creation. He has sneaked his own work into several artmuseums, including aprehistoric-looking piece at the British Museumwhich themuseum decided to add to their own permanent collection.Just as controversial as his methodsis Banksy’s take on the art world atlarge. He has been known to derideother artists for their self-importanceand
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art forms. He has eventaken on the people who buy his art.Following a 2006 Sotheby’s auction ofseveral of his works, he published anillustration onhis websitefeaturingthe words “I can’t believe you moronsactually buy this shit.” He is againstthe organized art world, though he now produces some work that is more conventionalthan his street art roots.Banksy’s work is applauded by many, but some critics say that it oversimplifies issuesto appeal to the masses. Other critics – most notably, representatives from KeepBritain Tidy – believe that Banksy’s street art is a crime and that he is setting anegative example for other wannabe graffiti artists. Through his talent and hisdedication to art and his personal statements, Banksy has become perhaps themostfamous anonymous artist ever. We still don’t know his true identity or where he will popup next, but just mentioning his pseudonym brings a look of recognition to the faces ofanyone who knows anything about art.
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