Writing a Banksy biography can be a challenge, given that his true identity remains a mystery. However, here’s what we know about Britain’s most celebrated graffiti artist: Originally from Bristol, Banksy’s stencils have become immensely popular throughout the UK and his subversive images can be seen daubed on walls throughout the world.
Many Banksy art images have moved off public walls and into private collections in the form of limited edition prints. These often generate large sums at auction houses such as Bonhams and Christies. Even the Banksy works that have remained on walls have been sold at auction, with some being dismantled. A house in Bristol with Banksy art work on the outside was also sold as ‘a work of art with a house attached’ through an estate agent.
Banksy designed the cover for Blur’s ‘Think Tank’. He has also attracted great media attention through various stunts aimed at the establishment. These have included hanging Banksy prints in London's Tate Modern and the New York Museum of Modern Art. In 2005 his version of a primitive cave painting depicting a human figure hunting wildlife while pushing a shopping trolley was found hanging in the British Museum.
Other stunts carried out by Banksy have included painting images on the Palestinian side of the Israeli West Bank barrier. He also substituted amended versions of Paris Hilton’s CD at several record stores. These CD’s have subsequently become highly collectable. Despite receiving enormous media attention Banksy’s real identity remains the cause of much debate.