Banksy is an English-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director whose real identity is unknown. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris. Banksy says that he was inspired by “3D”, a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of Massive Attack, an English musical group.
Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls and self-built physical prop pieces. Banksy does not sell photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti, but 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. In 2014, he was awarded Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards.

Ritratto di ignoto. L’artista chiamato Banksy
The works by the famous and mysterious artist Banksy are exhibited for the first time in Palermo
07 Oct 2020 - 17 Jan 2021
Street Art – Banksy & Co
The social and cultural phenomenon of the urban graffiti has gained a special importance in the contemporary...
18 Mar 2016 - 26 Jun 2016
Palazzo Pepoli - Museo della Storia di Bologna
Banksy: War, Capitalism & Liberty
War, Capitalism and Liberty, are the contemporary issues addressed in this exhibition through the works...
24 May 2016 - 04 Sep 2016
Palazzo Cipolla
The Art of Banksy. A Visual Protest
The exhibition is the first one ever dedicated to the irreverent British artist by a public Italian...
21 Nov 2019 - 14 Apr 2019
Museo delle Culture – MUDEC
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