Banksy (British, b. ca.1974/1975) is one of the most well-known, if mysterious, Graffiti artists working in England today. Banksy, the pseudonym adopted by the artist, heavily guards his privacy; the details of his life largely unknown to the public. He has garnered great fame for his graffiti works, which often combine spray paint and stenciling techniques with commercial, political, and contemporary imagery, infused with ironic social commentary and humor. Often critical of business and corporations, Banksy’s work has been found on the sides of corporate buildings, on billboards, as well as the Israeli West Bank wall.

The unveiling of many of Banksy’s new works often incorporates pranks or performance: he secretly added his own works in museums like the Tate Modern in London or the Paris Louvre; opened gallery shows to the public with specially-bred rats running around the gallery space; and once inserted an inflatable doll dressed as a Guantanamo Bay prisoner into the Disneyland theme park in California. In addition to his reactionary street art, Banksy has created works for several charities, and consistently opens exhibitions of his work to wide audiences and critical acclaim. He currently lives and works in Bristol, England.

Timeline

1975
Born: in Bristol, England as Robert Banks
1989
Became an underground graffiti artist

Exhibitions

2013
At home I´m a tourist’ Colección de Selim Varol - CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga, Málaga
2012
Emulate - 34FineArt, Cape Town
This is London - Shizaru Gallery, London (England)
Contemporary Print Making - Jealous Gallery, London (England)
At home I'm tourist - me Collectors Room Berlin, Berlin
Toykio Loves Gol - Toykio Gallery, Dusseldorf
Mit sofortiger Wirkung - künstlerische Eingriffe in den Alltag - Kunsthalle wien project space karlsplatz, Vienna
2011
Original Street Works, Keszler Gallery, Southampton, NY
2010
BANKSY - SUMMER COLLECTION - Black Cube Gallery - Sant Antoni Maria Claret, Barcelona
2009
Banksy from the Collection of Andipa Gallery, Andipa Gallery, London (solo)
2008
Banksy- THE WORLD'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL STREET AND STENCIL ARTIST, Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong, SAR
2007
Warhol vs. Banksy, Pollock Fine Art, London
Banksy from the Collection of Andipa Gallery, Andipa Gallery, London (solo)
2006
Hirst and his Contemporaries, Andipa Gallery, London
In the darkest hour there may be light, Brandler Galleries, Brentwood, Essex
Spank and the Monkey, BALTIC The Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
There is a U in Us, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
2004
V1 One - A Celebration of Rebellion, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
2003
Backjumps - The Live Issue #1, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin
Longlife, Spacex, Exeter
2002
Viva la Republique, the centre of attention, London