Banksy – Guerilla art wrapped in mystery and controversy

Banksy, an anonymous England based graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter, is probably the most popular, yet most mysterious, urban street artist in the world. He has become an internationally known as a subversive graffiti artist – yet manages to maintain a secret identity. However, many newspapers assert that his real name is Robert or Robin Banks.
He is a counter-cultural prankster, but has art in major cosmopolitan galleries around the globe. Banksy made his name with his trademark stencil-style ‘guerrilla’ art in public spaces – on walls in London, Brighton, Bristol and even on the West Bank barrier separating Israelis and Palestinians – his works have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Bansky Truck

Banksy Truck

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He has dozens of celebrity collectors including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera. It is hard to find good facts about the art so some captions in this article might have the wrong name of the art. In case you know what the correct name is, please let us know and we’ll change it. [35 pictures]Hint: Use “J” and “K” keys (after the page finish loading) to navigate from picture to picture.

Banksy art: Picnic

Banksy art: Picnic

At the guerilla artist Banksy’s L.A. show in 2006, Angelina Jolie  spent nearly $400,000 on three pieces of his work. Jolie snatched up “Picnic”, that alone cost $226,000. Photo credit: Banksy

Banksy art: Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge

Banksy art: Laugh now but one day we’ll be in charge

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Banksy art: The bad artist imitate, the good artist steal

Banksy art: The bad artist imitate, the good artist steal

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Banksy street art: escaping

Banksy street art: escaping

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Banksy art: Maid

Banksy art: Maid

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Banksy art: Choppers with pink ribbon

Banksy art: Choppers with pink ribbon

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Banksy art: Flowerchucker

Banksy art: Flowerchucker

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Banksy art: Attacking carts

Banksy art: Attacking carts

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Banksy art: Moisturizing

Banksy art: Moisturizing

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Banksy street art: Graffiti cleaner

Banksy street art: Graffiti cleaner

Graffiti depicting graffiti removal by Banksy. Created in May 2008 at Leake Street in London, painted over by August 2008. Notice the animals resembling cave art from Lascaux or Altamira. Photo credit: Banksy

Banksy street art: Naked man

Banksy street art: Naked man

‘Naked Man’ – on the wall of a sexual health clinic in Park Street, Bristol. Following popular support, the City Council have decided it will be allowed to remain. Photo credit: Banksy

Banksy street art: death

Banksy street art: Death

Stencil on the waterline of The Thekla, an entertainment boat in central Bristol. The image of Death is based on a 19th century etching illustrating the pestilence of The Great Stink.  Photo credit: Banksy

Banksy street art: One nation under CCTV

Banksy street art: One nation under CCTV

Located in Central London. A group of gentlemen badgered the Royal Mail about construction work that needed doing on one of the walls. After many requests the Royal Mail eventually agreed to let these “builders” put up scaffolding and sort out whatever problem there was. 6 days later the scaffolding came down and ‘one nation under CCTV’ was all that remained. It can be seen from far off and many people are drawn to it without even realizing it’s a Banksy. Despite attempts to save it this piece is no longer there. The only difference the public support made was that it was painted over (in March 2009), as opposed to removed. Photo credit: Banksy/ogglog

Banksy street art: Livin the Dream

Banksy street art: Livin’ the Dream

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Banksy street art: Boxhead

Banksy street art: Boxhead

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Banksy street art: Charlie Burn

Banksy street art: Charlie Burn

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Banksy art: Donot escort

Banksy art: Donot escort

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Banksy street art: yellow lines

Bansky street art: Yellow lines

Flower power: A double yellow line turns into a huge yellow flower – with artist ‘self-portrait’ – in London. Photo credit: Banksy

Banksy street art: dogwalker

Banksy street art: dogwalker

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Banksy street art: this looks a bit like an elephant

Banksy street art: this looks a bit like an elephant

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Banksy street art: 0% interest in people

Banksy street art: 0% interest in people

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Banksy street art: behind the wall

Banksy street art: behind the wall

The ‘Wall project”  invoke a virtual reality that underlines the negation of humanity that the barrier represents — children in areas cut off from any access to the sea playing with sand buckets and spades on piles of rubble that look like sand, and corners of the wall peeled back to reveal imagined lush landscapes behind. Photo credit: Banksy

Banksy art: I Hate Mondays

Banksy art: I Hate Mondays

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Banksy street art: No Loitering

Banksy street art: No Loitering

A man in a rocking chair sitting and waiting for America so save him. Photo credit: Banksy/wikicommons

Banksy street art: No Future

Banksy street art: No Future

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Banksy street art: One original thought is worth a thousand quotings

Banksy street art: One original thought is worth a thousand quotings

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Banksy street art: Park (ing)

Banksy street art: Park (ing)

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Banksy art: Rickshaw

Banksy art: Rickshaw

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Banksy street art: Sperm alarm

Banksy street art: Sperm alarm

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Banksy street art: I remember when all this was trees

Banksy street art: I remember when all this was trees

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Banksy street art: No trespassing

Banksy street art: No trespassing

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Banksy portrait

Banksy portrait

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Banksy street art: Because I'm worthless

Banksy art: Tourists

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