The British graffiti artist is considered one of the leading exponents of street art. His eccentric and incisive works allow the viewer to reflect on the system and society in which we live; they are a symbol of struggle and protest in a world where economic interests often prevail over what should be the good of the community. Banksy’s goal is to reveal through his art the problems which afflict contemporary society and to raise public awareness on the issues of consumerism, war and power thanks to the use of metaphorical, funny, provocative and impactful images.
The halo of mystery that feeds itself, both by choice and by necessity, when talking about the figure of Banksy makes him a real myth of our times. His visual protest involves a vast and heterogeneous audience and makes him one of the most loved artists by the younger generations.
Banksy is a mysterious artist with a secret identity, but his works are globally recognized.
His critique of pop-cultural, political and even art and museums imagination was seen by some people as a simple revolt but it was interpreted by the majoirty as ingenious. Popstar Christina Aguilera purchased Banksy’s work depicting Queen Victoria as a lesbian and Justin Bieber had his arm tattooed with the “Red Balloon Girl”. Despite he has always opposed to the commercialisation of art, auction houses find buyers for Banksy’s works at record prices. In 2010, along with Lady Gaga, Obama, Robert Pattinson, Sir Elton John and Prince, Banksy was named one of the most influential people in the world by the Time Magazine.