This UK resident artist has made a huge name for himself. His works have been featured in many of the most prominent galleries in the world. Instead of being reviled, his works have also been selling for hundreds of thousands of pounds. Part of what’s so astounding is that Banksy seems to add his own work to galleries. He just secretly installs it, illegally of course.
I’m a huge fan of his work because of its heavily political content. Almost everything Banksy does has some sort of political or social commentary attached to it, which is maybe why it gets more respect than most other graffiti.
I’m especially proud of him for what he did to the Paris Hilton album when it first came to market. He snuck into some major chain record stores and swapped out copies of the album for one he’d made, with his own “cover art” of her stuff.
And somehow his star keeps rising. Below is a CNN video about Banksy’s newest project, so check it out. And for a way more detailed history, check out the Weburbanist post here.