Banksy (Real Name and Date of Birth Unknown)
Banksy is a graffiti artist. Despite the popularity of his work, and despite the fact that he has released books and staged major exhibitions, Banksy's identity has remained anonymous, though there has been much speculation about who he is.

Early Life: It is believed that Banksy is originally from Yate in South Gloucestershire, close to Bristol. It is also thought that he was born around 1974 and became involved in the rising popularity of graffiti art in the 1980s. Between 1992 and 1994, Banksy was a part of the DryBreadZ Crew.

Career: Banksy's work is very often a satirical look at modern life, consumerism and politics. His stenciling style recalls the work of Blek le Rat, who started graffiti work in Paris in 1981. It is also similar in its style and ethos to the work of the anarcho punk band Crass, who staged a long-term stencil campaign on the London Underground in the 1970s and '80s. Since the meteoric rise in the value of Banksy's work, it has been known for art auctioneers to sell his street graffiti on location and then leave the removal of the work in the hands of the person who purchased it. In July 2009, two people discovered one of Banksy's Gansta Rats graffitied in Whitechapel in East London. When he visited Australia in 2001, Banksy met up with the reclusive visual activist James DeWeaver. Whilst he was there, he stenciled a parachuting rat over the toilets at the Arts Factory Lodge. Banksy's first Los Angeles exhibition was entitled 'Existencilism' and was staged in a gallery owned by Frank Sosa. Banksy's 'Turf War' show saw the artist painting on animals. It drew the attention of animal rights activist, one of whom chained herself to railings in an act of protest. The RSPCA had already stated that they did not deem the exhibition unsuitable. In 2003, Blur used one of Banksy's pieces for the cover of their Think Tank album. Similarly, Banksy was also responsible for the cover of the Bristol band Monk and Canatella's Do Community Service. Banksy has also been known to semi-replicate and alter well-known paintings. For example, he recreated Monet's 'Water Lily Pond', with urban litter, including a shopping trolley, floating in the pond. At 2004's Notting Hill carnival a number of fake bank notes were thrown into the crowd, which the recipients then tried to spend in local shops. The notes were of Banksy's creation. Rather than reading Bank of England, they read Banksy of England and instead of the Queen's head, they featured that of Princess Diana. In 2007, a signed poster containing 10 of the notes sold at Bonhams for £24,000. Banksy's 2007 'Barely Legal' exhibition in Los Angeles featured a live 'elephant in a room'. The elephant was painted pink and decorated with gold floral wallpaper. The value of Banksy's work has continued to rise and has become hugely popular with celebrities. Christina Aguilera bought his Queen Victoria piece for £25,000. His Kate Moss paintings then went for £50,400 at Sotheby's. His Mona Lisa stencil sold for over £57,000. The highest price paid at auction so far, for a Banksy piece was £102,000. This was the price paid for his 'Bombing Middle England' piece. Some of Banksy's work can be seen in the film Children of Men, starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore. In another Clive Owen film, Shoot 'Em Up, Banksy's tag is seen in the films credits, on the side of dumpster. Banksy replaced 500 copies of Paris Hilton's album Paris with a CD of Danger Mouse's remix work, featuring his own cover art. There is a Banksy mural on the side of a house in Bristol. Originally, the house was on sale through regular means. However, when it became apparent that the prospective buyers wanted to remove the mural, the owners of the house decided to sell via an art gallery. It was listed as a mural with a house attached. In June 2009, Banksy hosted an exhibition at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. More than 100 works of art were included in the show. In 2010, Bansky took part in the Sundance Film Festival through a project entitled 'Exit Through The Gift Shop'. The piece was a film made by the artist, and was supported by a collection of pieces painted throughout Salt Lake City. In December 2011, Banksy released 'Cardinal Sin' - a bust of a priests face with the pixelated effect used on criminal television shows in order to draw attention to the child abuse scandals in the Catholic Church. In 2012, his 'Parachuting Rat' piece in Melbourne was accidentally destroyed by plumbers. In 2013, Banksy began a month-long show in New York City entitled 'Better Out Than In'.

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Picture - Mohammed George - Stealing Banksy... London United Kingdom, Thursday 24th April 2014

Mohammed George - Stealing Banksy party in Central London - Outside - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 24th April 2014

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Banksy Breaks Silence to Condemn 'Stealing Banksy' Exhibition


After weeks of shadowy new works, Bristolian street artist Banksy has broken his silence to condemn an exhibition claiming to be "the most expensive collection of Banksy artworks ever assembled."

BanksyThe 'Stealing Banksy' Exhibition has Been Condemned By The Bristolian Artist

In a statement on his website, the artist - or a spokesperson for the artist - said: "The Stealing Banksy' exhibition taking place in London this weekend has been organised without the involvement or consent of the artist."

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Gotcha! Has Banksy Been Unmasked on Camera? [Video]


Banksy has apparently been caught on camera installing his latest creation in Bristol. CCTV cameras set up to deter graffiti artists filmed two people dressed as workmen unloading kit from the back of a white van in the early hours of Sunday morning, 

BanksyBanksy has been popping up again

The footage captured by Bristol's Broad Plain and Riverside Youth Project, which recently announced it plans to sell Banksy's 'Mobile Lovers' piece, which appeared on the outside of their building. Youth leader Dennis Stinchcombe said he hoped to raise around $100,000 for the struggling Boys' club in Bristol. 

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Did You Spot Banksy's Getaway Van in Cheltenham? New Artwork Pops Up


Banksy strikes again! Or, at least we think he has. The mysterious street artist appears to have unveiled his latest creation in Cheltenham - lampooning governmental surveillance by stencilling three 1950's style agents using devices to tap a telephone box.

BanksyBanksy Has Dealt With The Subject of Suveillance Before

The work appeared overnight on a street in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, just a few miles from the headquarters of the UK's surveillance network, GCHQ. Residents tell The Guardian that they saw a group of men packing away a large white tarpaulin at about 7.30am on Sunday (April 13, 2014) before driving off in a maintenance van.

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Banksy's 'Kissing Coppers' Is Latest Artwork To Be Hawked For Fortune In USA


One of Banksy's most instantly-recognisable graffiti artworks 'Kissing Coppers' has been sold in the US for $575,000 (£345,000) after being chiselled off the wall of a Brighton pub. The news that yet another chunk of painted wall has been sold for a small fortune in the States comes hot on the heels of the announcement that the artist's 'Girl With A Balloon' will soon be scraped from its North London wall to meet the same fate.

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Banksy Made Waves During A Month-Long Residency In New York Last Year.

It has been argued that street art that becomes framed and sold or placed in a gallery loses its unique appeal yet some would counter that if left exposed to the elements, Banksy's work would have a much shorter lifespan than if preserved and looked after by a collector. 'Kissing Coppers' was sprayed on to the wall of the Prince Albert pub in Trafalgar Street near Brighton city centre in 2004.

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Banksy 'Girl With A Balloon' Graffiti To Be Chiselled Off Wall Due To Rot


Banksy's work of street art 'Girl with a Balloon' is to be taken from its London wall by Sincura Group, the company responsible for removing another of the artist's pieces and selling it for a fortune last year. Though some argue that it is right to leave what is arguably one of Banksy's most instantly recognisable pieces on its Great Eastern Street wall, Sincura claims that the paintwork is "rotting."

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Banksy Recently Took His Work To The Streets Of New York.

The piece, which depicts a young girl carrying a red balloon in the wind, has been on the North London wall for more than 10 years and has experienced damage due to peeling paint and is currently partially concealed behind boards. "This piece has been completely forgotten about and thousands of commuters walk past it every day," said Tony Baxter, a director at the events company, via Sky News.

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Shill Bidding and Dodgy Back Stories - Banksy's Charity Artwork Doesn't Sell


The story was simple, but charming: a woman, working at a thrift store raising money for homeless people with AIDs sells a painting for $50. Weeks later, the painting is re-donated, having been edited somewhat by controversial street artist Banksy.

Banksy Meat Truck in New YorkBanksy's Meat Truck in New York attracts attention

Everyone saw it as the perfect way to end a brilliant residency. Enigmatic graffiti man (or woman?) Banksy has been in the Big Apple, making waves, selling art for hardly anything and filling meat trucks with soft toys. The Banality of the Banality of Evil – the painting’s name – was a step too far.

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A Sad End to Banksy's N.Y.C Stint After 'The Banality of The Banality of Evil' Auction Fails


Bankey’s residency in New York was punctuated by many newsworthy events. He was reportedly chased and arrested by police, sculptures and graffiti art popped up all over the city, and unsuspecting customers purchased original pieces for a fraction of their potential worth.

Banksy New YorkBanksy's meat truck, stuffed with toy animals in N.Y.C.

Ostensibly, the climax of his residency, though, was the buying editing and reselling of an oil painting, which he named ‘The Banality of The Banality of Evil’. The painting, bought from a charity thrift store with a view to helping the homeless community of N.Y.C suffering from the AIDs virus, was then auctioned off for $615k. Or at least Banksy and the charity involved thought so.

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Video - Banksy Unleashes Wild Cat Graffiti On Yankee Stadium Wall

Banksy unleashes his penultimate piece of street art during his month long 'Better Out Than In' New York exhibition. The artwork features a wild cat of some sort wearing a collar and yawning while lying on painted yellow line on the wall of baseball venue Yankee Stadium in the South Bronx. On closer inspection, the cat's markings appear to be made up of graffiti art.

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Video - Banksy's 'The Banality Of The Banality Of Evil' Painting Unveiled At Housing Works Store

Banksy unveils his reworked painting entitled 'The banality of the banality of evil' (a title loosely based on the book 'Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil' by Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt) at the Housing Works Thrift Shop in New York which features a Nazi figure seated on a bench and looking out into the view of a river and hills.

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A Week In News: Lou Reed Dies, Celebs Go All Out For Halloween & Marvin Gaye's Kids On The Warpath

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The Loss Of Lou Reed: Legendary Velvet Underground rocker Lou Reed died on Sunday 27th October after succumbing to liver disease, having battled with poor health for months. The world reacted with sorrow to the loss of the 'Perfect Day' singer who saw sales of his solo albums and Velvet Underground records rocket in the wake of his death, aged 71.

Halloween Hijinks: The latest trend in the world of celebrities is to one-up each other in wearing the wittiest or most outrageous Halloween outfit this year. The last few days have been awash with viral images, gifs and videos of the rich and famous pulling out all the stops to make an impact. So far, we've seen Matt Lauer as Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, Miley Cyrus as Lil Kim, Ellen DeGeneres as Nicki Minaj, Paris Hilton as Miley Cyrus, Sandra Bullock's bearded fisherman, Heidi Klum's elderly lady and Fergie and Josh Duhamel's double hit of Elvira and Riffraff.

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Banksy Ends New York 'Residency' With Sale of $600,000 Nazi Painting


Banksy finished his month-long artist 'residency' in New York with the sale of his painted work "The banality of the banality of evil" for a cool $600,000 - all for charity. The painting was auctioned on Thursday (October 31, 2013) from on behalf of the Housing Works charity, which helps to fund AIDS and homelessness projects in the city.

Banksy bought the painting from a Housing Works charity shop in New York before reworking it with a Nazi figure, giving it a title and anonymously donating it back to the shop. Staff at the shop received a call from one of the artist's team soon after, explaining that the panting was an original Banksy, according to The Independent

After 138 online bids, the painting sold for $615,000, though the winning bid is still being verified.

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Banksy's Nazi 'Vandalized' Painting Donated to Homeless/AIDS Charity


Elusive street artist Banksy has donated a painting worth more than $200k to a N.Y.C non-profit organization involved in helping the local, AIDS infected homeless community.

Rebecca Edmondson, director of public relations at Housing Works, was at a thrift shop near Gramercy Park when a woman walked in wielding the customised oil painting.

BanksyA signature Banksy piece under a bridge in South London

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Video - Banksy Unveils Grim Reaper Bumper Car Installation At The Bowery

Banksy latest art installation thrills spectators at the Bowery in New York City. It featured a Grim Reaper sculpture going around a fenced yard in a bumper car while Blue Oyster Cult's 'Don't Fear The Reaper' blares out in the background.

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