anonymous artist

United Kingdom

Amongst a number of multitalented artists who emerged with the rise of street art, one of the most popular, yet most mysterious, creatives in the street art circles is definitely Banksy. Although his early work was largely freehand, Banksy turned to pre-stenciled work almost completely by the year 2000. This proved to be quite a practical step, as stencils allowed him to create his work much faster and disappear before the police showed up while it also made his art become more widely visible. He initially garnered fame for his commercial, and political imagery, infused with ironic social commentary and humor. Furthermore he's known for his unique art projects like Dismaland – Bemusement Park, The Walled Off Hotel in Betlehem and his latest intervention at Sotheby's where he shredded "Girl with Ballon" live at auction after the hammer fell at £860.000. À la Damien Hirst Banksy knows how to use marketing mechanisms for himself as well as he knows how to play with the romantic idea of Graffiti / Street Artists having an activist heritage. Still he uses his wide reach to point out social imbalances.