Born in Bristol in 1974 (as reported by numerous sources), Banksy is considered one of the leading exponents of street art. In 2000 he moved to London, where he perfected his technique by switching to the use of Stencils, a method that allows him to create silk-screen prints in a very short time, thus keeping always anonymous. In his murals Banksy reproduces images that are inspired by the political sphere and today’s themes proposed in a satirical and subversive key.
In 2003 he began to collaborate with the English group “Blur”, which then led him to realize the cover of their album Think Tank. In those years he also devoted himself to revisiting great masterpieces of the past, including Show me the Monet, where he added two shopping carts and a road cone between the waters of Monet’s water lily pond.
Banksy’s satirical irony did not spare the English Royal House. In fact, in 2004 he reproduced 10-pound banknotes with the face of Princess Diana instead of Queen Elizabeth and the writing “Banksy of England” instead of “Bank of England”.
Soon his images became spokesmen of messages against war and in favor of the weakest, dates back to 2005 the famous graffito placed on the wall of division between the West Bank and Israel.
In 2010, when his fame reached international levels, the writer debuts as recorded with Exit trough the Gift Shop, a documentary on the life of Thierry guetta, also applying for the 2011 Oscars as best documentary film.
In recent years Banksy is well known for its demonstrations against the art market; among these the self-destruction in 2018 of his Girl with ballon during a’auction at Sotheby’s and the opening of the shop Gross domestic Product closed doors and can only be visited from the’outside.