Published on Dec 24, 2019

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This art offers an amazing out-of-this-world experience for those who are lucky enough to view it. At the same time, it is often controversial for the reason that it often takes on some form of political satire. Banksy is also someone who doesn’t look to rules to dictate where his art should go. Sometimes, the expression of art can simply not be held back.

  • Born: 1974 (age 45 years), Bristol, United Kingdom
  • On view: South Austin Museum of Popular Culture
  • Period: Street art
  • Art series: Better Out Than In
  • Art forms: Installation art, Mural, Painting

Before learning more about Banksy, it’s helpful to know a bit of background about street art. Those who oppose it will often call it “graffiti” in a tone that lets you know they definitely do not approve. Those who appreciate it for its ability to beautify and deliver an often much needed message might call his work graffiti artwork, stencil graffiti, sticker art, or street poster art.

There are many different reasons why people choose to create street art. For one thing, it’s an amazing way to reach the people. As they walk by this artwork the message can often be heard loud and clear. For another thing, some urban areas are less than appealing, and creating art work can add a fresh new outlook for both the walls and the people who have to look at them every day.


Banksy art takes this to the next level. He’s a British artist who tends to stay under the radar. That means a lot of his biographical details are guesses at best. Still, he is believed to have the last name Banks (though that’s recently disputed) and to have been born in 1974, raised in Bristol, England.

He likely started creating graffiti artwork on the streets of Bristol in the late 1980’s. His work has a distinct flavor of satirical, and often beautiful, pieces that are created with a stenciling look. Once you get the chance to look at some of this work, it is hard to even peel your eyes away.

His career as a freehand graffiti artist began around 1992. He was one of the area’s ‘DryBreadZ Crew’. In 1998 he helped arrange an event for graffiti artists called the Walls on Fire Graffiti Jam. This really put him on the map as the guy to watch.

Banksy would rather create than sell out, and even mocks those who do bid on and buy his work. He creates it for the people, and often has to see it destroyed by city workers who are told to cover up the “mess.” He even satires this by painting the workers themselves covering up the work with paint. This must make them smile a bit as they do the work they were assigned to do.

It’s become easy to spot Banksy art because it is so distinctive. He’s a fan of stenciling, and began doing so once he noticed that it is a time saver. Allowing him to create expressive art in a smaller amount of time. You can always expect the unexpected.

Common Banksy art pieces feature:

  • Rats
  • Monkeys
  • Policemen
  • Soldiers
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Political slogans

You’ll either be deeply moved by the things Banksy creates, or feel your comfort zone shift a bit. Either way, Banksy art will have an effect on you.

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