b. 1974, Bristol, United Kingdom
Banksy is one of the most infamous, if mysterious, Graffiti artists of his generation; “Banksy,” the pseudonym adopted by the artist, heavily guards his privacy and the details of his life are largely unknown to the public. He has garnered great fame for his graffiti works, which often combine spray paint and stencilling techniques with commercial, political, and contemporary imagery, and are often infused with ironic social commentary. The unveiling of many of Banksy’s works often incorporate pranks or performances: he clandestinely added his own works in museums like the Tate Modern in London or the Paris Louvre; opened gallery shows to the public with specially-bred rats running around the gallery space; and once inserted an inflatable doll dressed as a Guantanamo Bay prisoner into the Disneyland theme park in California. He currently lives and works in Bristol, England.