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An enigma in every sense of the word, Banksy remains anonymous 20 years into his career. He is perhaps the most controversial and thrilling street artist to arrive on the scene. His art is unmistakably controversial with his ability to use art to convey satirical and pictorial messages that cross the boundaries into philosophy, art, sociology, politics humor and even narcissism. His work has appeared worldwide, including America, France and Israel.
Banksy is considered as the godfather to a new shift in the pop art movement originating from the streets. He has used his art to build a foundation supported by his peers to spread bold statements through his artwork, accessible to everyone.
The inspirations Banksy lists have been a source of controversy; with the artist stating he is inspired by the 3D of the UK band Massive Attack, while others citing similarities to Black le Rat, another French graffiti artist.
Banksy was associated with a gang in Bristol compromised of underground street artists in the early 90’s called DryBeadz Crew (DBZ). It was there he partnered with other street artists including Inkie, who he is known to collaborate with.
In 2000, Banksy moved to London and lived with his friend Jamie Eastman, who worked at a record label. Eastman helped spread Banksy’s artwork around London, and it was at this time the artist started getting noticed. His newfound notoriety led to a series of international exhibitions.
Banksy travelled to Palestine in 2005 where he broke major ground in his career. He painted a mural on the Bethlehem Wall representing children digging and playing, a girl floating by balloons over the wall, and a dove holding an olive branch. This major work let him to do a three-day exhibition in Los Angeles titled “Barely Legal.”The exhibit showed a pink elephant and graffiti art to symbolize the world’s ever-present poverty, or the “elephant in the room.”