Who is Banksy?

Known as an artist, a filmmaker, and a political activist, Banksy has a unique style that is both edgy and playful. His artwork is often found on the walls of shops, public buildings, and other areas of society. His name, however, remains unclear, and his identity is still a subject of speculation.



Known as the most notorious anonymous street artist, Banksy has been creating works for sale for more than two decades. His artwork typically features anti-capitalist messages, satires of politics and society, and children. He also makes sculptures and stickers. His most sought-after pieces are based on graffiti art.

Banksy started in the early 1990s as a graffiti artist. He later turned to stencil art. His earliest commercial prints date from 2002. He also has an organization called Pest Control, which verifies the authorship of his works. The organization issues documentation of provenance to buyers.

In 2002, Banksy held his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. His art also appeared in the movie, Shoot ‘Em Up. He has published a manifesto on his website. He has not publicly responded to questions regarding whether his art can be sold. However, he has been known to resell public “installations.” He has not been charged with copyright infringement.

In 2006, Banksy rented a live elephant for an exhibition. The elephant was a 38-year-old female Indian elephant named Tai. On the last day of the exhibit, Banksy did not paint the elephant. It is believed that Banksy painted the elephant in the same red and gold floral pattern as the wallpaper in the exhibit.

In 2007, Banksy painted a mural based on classified video of a Baghdad airstrike. The piece was accompanied by disturbing audio from soldiers during combat. It was later removed. In addition to the mural, Banksy made eight other murals on the wall.

Banksy also participated in the 2008 Cans Festival, a riotous event in London, which was held in a road tunnel that once served as the Eurostar. The festival took place in honor of the Cannes film festival. The artwork was intended to be a statement about poverty.

The exhibit caused uproar among animal rights activists. One activist chained herself to the railings in protest. The RSPCA deemed the show acceptable. The Whitehouse public house in Liverpool is home to an image of a giant rat by Banksy. The work sold for PS114,000 at an auction.


Several Banksy films have been released. Each one is sold as a documentary but the true identity of the artist is not revealed until the film is shown. While some critics have accepted the films at face value, others have found the films to be satires.

The Man Who Sold Banksy is a documentary film that examines appropriation and the public space. It explores the commodification of street art and the shadowy underworld of the secret art market. It follows the artwork from the Middle East to Western Europe. It features interviews with graffiti artists and collaborators.

The film is directed by Chris Moukarbel and is about Banksy’s October 2013 open exhibition in New York City. It is also the first time that Banksy has spoken on camera. The film shows real world reactions to the exhibition and includes exclusive footage of Banksy.

The documentary was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Some critics have called it a rehash of other films. It was also reviewed by Culture Mix.

It is a documentary about the British graffiti artist Banksy and his first feature-length documentary. The film was nominated for an Oscar. This Banksy film was also a success at the Sundance Film Festival. Its trailer was released earlier this year. It is also available on VOD.

Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film is a documentary about street art. It is narrated by Rhys Ifans. The film is based on the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles. This man is obsessed with street art and began filming his fellow vandals.

The film is a great study of law-breaking, crime, and risk-taking. Its world premiere was at the Sundance Film Festival. It has been rated PG-13.

The film is a surprisingly entertaining study of low-level criminality. It is one of the best Banksy films I have seen. It is also a good study of how people can become obsessed with a subject. The documentary also features a lot of archival footage from the graffiti industry.

This film is the first of Banksy’s films to be nominated for an Oscar. It is a very good Banksy movie that I think many people will enjoy watching.

Political activism

Throughout his career Banksy has been very active in political activism. His artworks have often been focused on issues such as war, poverty and greed. He is also a dedicated environmentalist. He has worked to help refugees and has donated many artworks to charity. He has supported numerous causes, including Greenpeace.

Banksy’s political views are anti-capitalism, anti-religion and anti-war. He has been known for his bold imagery and disruptive style. His work is highly visible around the world. He has created several works that have appeared in galleries and museums, such as the British Museum and the Louvre. He has also had his work reproduced thousands of times.

In his work, Banksy uses strong imagery as a means of expressing social commentary. His images frequently contrast violent figures with universal symbols for peace. He has also worked to combat illegal trade in logging. He has produced artwork for various causes, such as Save or Delete Jungle Book, which was commissioned by Greenpeace. He intended the artwork to be used on billboards and posters to highlight the problems of global deforestation.

After the invasion of Ukraine by Putin, powerful anti-war images became more relevant. In response, Banksy produced a series of stenciled images to sharply criticize capitalism and war. His work was later sold to raise funds for the Campaign Against Arms Trade.

As well as his activist efforts, Banksy has created numerous artworks for charitable causes, primarily homeless charities in Bristol. He has also contributed to Greenpeace and the 11th Hour Foundation. He has also created a rescue boat for refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. His work has also been featured at the Louvre, the British Museum and MoMA. He has received several awards, including a Golden Lion Award.

In June 2020, Banksy made a powerful statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. He made a video announcement that included footage of his Girl with Balloon painting being shredded during a live auction. The auction raised PS403,000, which was enough to keep the youth club in Bristol open. He also donated wood from his dismaland project to build shelters in Calais.


Whether you believe it was a publicity stunt or an art work, Banksy’s shredding of his Girl with Balloon painting has raised more than a few eyebrows. After the artwork shredded live during the auction in October 2018, the prank was a media phenomenon and a topic of debate. And now, a new video has emerged that shows the artist constructing the shredder in his workshop.

The shredder was activated by a remote control. It was installed inside the frame, but it wouldn’t pass routine inspections by Sotheby’s. When it was put up for sale, an anonymous European buyer placed a winning bid for $1,4 million.

Banksy says that he wanted to protest against the painting’s going to auction. He also says he constructed the shredder in the event that the artwork did go to auction. But many argue that the prank was inauthentic.

Some claim that Banksy had no idea that Sotheby’s employees would discover the shredder. In a statement released by Sotheby’s, the auction house denied any knowledge of the prank. And the anonymous European buyer did go through with the purchase.

A new three-minute video has now been released that shows the world-famous auction. The hooded figure constructing the shredder in his workshop appears to be the same man who shredded his own belongings in 2001.

The video turns heads for a few seconds. Then, a pair of hands presses a button in the black box to start the destruction. The mechanism pushes out a hidden piece of paper.

A shredded image of “Girl with a Balloon” was replaced with images of Brazil and Mexico. It was then exhibited for 11 months at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in Germany in 2019-20.

While the shredding itself is considered a performance art work, it still challenges the values of art. And the shredded image gives more people the chance to discuss political issues.

Some argue that the prank is a commentary on art markets, excesses, and the art world. Others say it is just another example of the artist’s talent. But either way, the prank has no lasting effect on the art world or on Banksy.