March 8, 2011
Spawned from the Bristol underground art scene and fueled by satire, Banksy emerged in the ‘90s with a plethora of stencils and a cause: To bring social commentary and reform to the world by the means of vessel made of grafitti. Despite his growing household-name popularity, Banksy has managed to remain utterly anonymous while simultaneously “defacing” many buildings, writing books, creating mainstream animations, and directing an Academy Award nomination. He claims that his art is not vandalism, but instead a public service. Graffiti or just plain gutsy, auctioneers around the world have managed to pawn off his work for some handsome fees. But who is he? No one really knows. That’s part of the fun.