10 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BANKSY

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Banksy, mysterious artist, whose identity has still not been revealed is a peculiar character. Through political and controversial works, with a hint of humor, this artist continues to fascinate us. Artsper reveals ten facts of the man in the shadows.

{Banksy was born in Bristol in 1974, son of a photocopy engineer}

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{When he started, he was part of the DryBreadZ Crew, a Bristol based-gang}

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{When he started, his work was mainly done freehand. It’s only in the late 1990’s that his use of stencils in his work developed}

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{He claims his work is inspired by 3D a member of Massive Attack music band}

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{He is often compared to French masters of street art Blek le Rat and Jef Aerosol}

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{His identity has never been revealed and is his biggest mystery. However he has compiled in a book called “Wall and Piece”, his works, but also his thoughts and ideas}

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{He paid an odd tribute to Monet’s Water Lilies by adding an old shopping trolley and garbage to the painting}

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{Banksy does not sell his work through commercial art galleries}

{In 2004, he printed a bunch of spoof 10£ notes. They featured some differences however to the standard notes. The Queen was replaced by Princess Diana’s face and instead of “Bank of England”, the note read “Banksy of England”}

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{In 2007, Banksy won the Art’s Greatest Living Briton prize, naturally he didn’t collect the prize in person, wishing to keep his identity secret}

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