He is perhaps the most famous, or infamous, artist alive. To some a genius, to others a vandal. Always controversial, he inspires admiration and provokes outrage in equal measure.
His artworks are often satirical pieces of art which encompass topics from politics, culture and ethics. His street art is combined graffiti with a distinctive stencilling technique.
Banksy began his career as underground graffiti artist in Bristol, England circa 1989 and his first solo exhibition was held at the London gallery Cargo in 2001. His first U.S. exhibition was in Los Angeles in 2006.
The artist is believed to have admitted to experiencing difficulties in school during his youth and drifting toward a life of petty crime after he was expelled, and said that he had spent some time in jail. At some point he left Bristol for London.
Perhaps his most provocative statement, and the one that generates the most publicity, is the fact that Banksy's true identity has always been a jealously guarded secret, known to only a handful of trusted friends because he prefers to keep his identity under wraps and away from publicity. However, over the passage of time, more details about his true identity has come to light. Is the alleged identity which people conjecture true?