A short bio of Banksy
Banksy has been active since the mid 1990’s. Haters call him a vandal, Fans call him a street artist and political activist. But regardless of whether you like him or not, hardly anyone these days can claim to not know his name. He’s arguably the most famous anonymous person in the living world, somebody everyone is speculating about who he may or may not be. Possibly England’s best kept secret.
His works have been displayed all over the world in galleries, streets, on bridges, and walls. He grew out of the Bristol underground scene as a graffiti artist and founding member of the music group Massive Attack.
A small number of Banksy’s pieces are unofficially sold through Pest Control, but he does not sell photographs or reproductions of his street art anymore.
As the years have gone by his political statements have become a testimony to many young people looking for an intelligent, but equally non corporate or corrupt voice to follow. Here’s a summary of some of his most recent pieces including the George Floyd tragedy in the United States of America and the Brexit fiasco in the European Union and United Kingdom.
A broken white mans system.
Banksy has shown his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, saying “people of colour are being failed by the system”. Yet another impassioned masterpiece highlighting the inequalities within society.
The graffiti artist wrote in his Instagram post: “At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do that? It’s not their problem, it’s mine.
“People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. The faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. They can’t, no one will let them in the apartment upstairs.
“This is a white problem. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in.”
Vote to Love
Banksy has become famous for his many visual statements around the world. After the Brexit vote one of his pieces was found on the side of a house in Dover with a man painting over one of the starts on the EU flag. A few weeks later- it was gone. A piece of beautiful history erased forever- needless to say it outraged many Banksy lovers and remainers alike. But luckily, on the day of Brexit- Bristol museum helped to cement Banksy’s message about the British political system by putting this back on display:
Before the vote took place, Banksy declared his feelings about it by using the Brexiteers tools against them.
Needless to say the vote was lost to the Leavers, but the message he sends out time and time again is still there. Love one another, and stand up for what it right in the world. Many people have heard the phrase “A picture paints a 1000 words”, Well I think it would be more applicable to say “This artwork screams for millions of unheard voices”. Banksy is more than an artist- he’s a voice for the oppressed and every soul on earth that’s losing hope in the world around them.
In my opinion, he’s a political prophet- a silent voice for change in the world that speaks louder truths than any politician we have the misfortune for knowing the name of. The political system is dead and Banksy knows it, Do you?
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