What’s the big deal with Banksy?

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What is Banksy real identity?

Banky’s real name is thought to be Robin Gunningham , as first reported by The Mail on Sunday in 2008. If Banksy really is Robin Gunningham, he was born on 28th July 1973 near Bristol and is now believed to be living in London.

Why is Banksy’s name Banksy?

In Banksy Myths & Legends, Marc Leverton writes that Banksy earned his ‘tag’ through his skills as a goalkeeper, receiving the nickname ‘Banksy’ by his teammates after the England goalkeeper Gordon Banks . Other sources claim however that his earliest tag was ‘Robin Banx’ which later became the more catchy ‘Banksy’.

Why is Banksy’s work famous?

Banksy is arguably the most famous living artist in the world. The social and political themes of elusive street artist’s provocative paintings has had an influence on the art world for decades , and he is certainly one of the most popular artists we deal with here at ArtLife.

Has Banksy ever been revealed?

The English graffiti artist, who has never been unmasked , may have to reveal his identity to be able to trademark some of his best known pieces.

What is Banksy’s message?

In one respect, Banksy is advocating for a sexual-identity accepting society by placing icons of authority in a pro-gay position . His use of policemen, rather than ordinary citizens, is intriguing, because the very subjects of his tender portrayal are often the ones to working to eradicate his vandalism.

How much is Banksy worth?

What is Banksy worth? Due to little being known about Banksy’s identity, estimates of his net worth are speculative, with the unverified website celebritynetworth.com placing it at
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roughly £50 million .

How does Banksy get paid?

In addition to art, Banksy makes money by selling self-published books that incorporate photographs of his work and some of his own writing . His book Wall and Piece became a best-seller. His documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop got him an Oscar nomination.

What do Banksy paintings mean?

Philanthropist, anti-war and revolutionary, he takes his art as a means of communication to loudly proclaim his dissatisfaction with certain aspects of society, certain political situations or even certain decisions taken by world leaders .

Why did Banksy start graffiti?

Banksy began his graffiti career by admiring the works of Blek Le Rat . He often recycled the artist’s old ideas, moulding his own distinctive voice and style as he went. Initially, he was part of a graffiti crew in Bristol by the name of DryBreadZ Crew or DBZ.

What does balloon girl represent?

The artwork is a symbol of hope

Some people interpret Girl With Balloon as a symbol of lost innocence, whilst others believe the girl is setting the balloon free – either way, Banksy is reminding the viewer to hold on to hope, even when it feels out of reach.

What’s the big deal with Banksy?

As it is, Banksy prefers to be known as a political activist . He likes to call himself a “quality vandal” and his subversive street art and epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti, executed in a distinctive stencilling technique.

What was Banksy’s first painting?

Banksy’s first known large wall mural was The Mild Mild West painted in 1997 to cover advertising of a former solicitors’ office on Stokes Croft in Bristol. It depicts a teddy bear lobbing a Molotov cocktail at three riot police.
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