While his face remains anonymous, his art is recognized worldwide. Banksy is a street artist whose art ranges from stencil graffiti on urban walls to conceptual sculpture and even film. His film, Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for an Academy Award, specifically Best Documentary in 2011.
Impressively, Banksy found himself next to Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, and Lady Gaga in 2010 when Time magazine selected him to its list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2010. Of course, being an anonymous artist, the picture he selected, next to the other celebrities, was of him wearing a paper bag over his head.
To many, the thought of a grown man wearing a paper bag over his head spray-painting graffiti on walls seems appalling. Others who know that the same man’s art is auctioned off for hundreds of thousands of dollars are proud to support his work. However, Banksy is mostly known not as just another wall tagger, but as an inspirational social and political artist, crossing boundaries to prove their irony.
Having left his mark in over 8 countries in Europe, just under 10 states in North America, and across the globe from Australia to Africa, The Middle-East and more, Banksy continues to travel and spread his message through art.
A full gallery of his work can be found here.