10 facts you should know about Banksy

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.

graffiti de Banksy dans les rues de Bristol


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



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.



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

3D membre du groupe Massive attack


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



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.

livre wall and piece de Banksy


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


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”.

Banksy of England


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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