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.