Banksy’s works and very existence continue to entice, entertain, provoke, and baffle audiences all over the world. But who is he? And where did he come from? Here’s a look at the untold truth of Banksy.
Even global art icons have to start somewhere, and Banksy’s “somewhere” was Bristol, U.K. He started painting walls as part of a gang called the DryBreadZ Crew, and at first, he was a fairly conventional freehand artist. According to Smithsonian Magazine, Banksy was known to run in Bristol’s downmarket, working-class Barton Hill district, though he actually hailed from a wealthier part of town himself. He has said that he found the area fairly intimidating, especially because his father once got beaten up there.
Banksy’s street artist name was a process of trial and error. He originally experimented with monikers such as Robin Banks, a play on “robbing banks.” However, he ultimately settled on the decidedly less gangster-like Banksy, because he felt it packed more of a punch and was also vastly easier to spray on the wall. This focus on quickness would also eventually be crucial in the development of his signature art style.
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Humble beginnings | 0:00
Stencils | 1:06
London calling | 1:55
Insert art here | 2:58
Exit Through the Gift Shop | 3:50
Political antics | 5:03
Dismaland | 6:12
The Banksy effect | 7:07
Backlash | 8:10
The shredder incident | 9:20
Who is he? | 10:16
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