His stencils and grafitis are famous across Internet, in special Facebook. Banksy is the most popular street artist nowadays, his unknown face collaborates to suport his artwork. Who is Banksy?
According to author and graphic designer Tristan Manco and the book Home Sweet Home, Banksy “was born in 1974 and raised in Bristol, England. The son of a photocopier technician, he trained as a butcher but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s. Known for his contempt for the government in labelling graffiti as vandalism, Banksy displays his art on public surfaces such as walls, even going as far as to build physical prop pieces.
Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti directly himself; however, art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder. Banksy’s first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as “the world’s first street art disaster movie,” made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released in the UK on 5 March 2010. In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film.
His art is copied and pasted in different contexts via facebook, in order to illustrate a lot of distint political topics. Never came to public to complain about copyright infrigment. Also, some stuff credited by him is not confirmed as authetical Banksy artwork.
Blek le Rat is problably biggest Banksy influence. Blek initially disagreed with those who claim Banksy has copied his work: “People say he copies me, but I don’t think so. I’m the old man, he’s the new kid, and if I’m an inspiration to an artist that good, I love it. I feel what he is doing in London is similar to the rock movement in the Sixties.” However, more recently in the documentary Graffiti Wars, Blek took a different tone, stating “When I see Banksy making a man with a child or Banksy making rats, of course I see immediately where he takes the idea. I do feel angry. When you’re an artist you use your own techniques. It’s difficult to find a technique and style in art so when you have a style and you see someone else is taking it and reproducing it, you don’t like that. I’m not sure about his integrity. Maybe he has to show his face now and show what kind of guy he is.”
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Tristan Manco and the book Home Sweet Home
“Animals sprayed by graffiti artist”. BBC News. 18 July 2003. Retrieved 19 September 2006.
“Blek le Rat: This is not a Banksy”. London: The Independent. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2008.