Graffiti Artist + Political Activist and Painter + Whose Identity Is Unconfirmed
Born 1970
Age 45
Hometown Banksy#2011
Net Worth $20 Million

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy's work was born of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians.… Read More

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1970 Birth Born in 1970.


1981 11 Years Old Banksy's work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris. … Read More


1990 20 Years Old Banksy began as a freehand graffiti artist in 1990–1994 as one of Bristol's DryBreadZ Crew (DBZ), with Kato and Tes. … Read More
1997 27 Years Old Banksy's first known large wall mural was "The Mild Mild West" painted in 1997 to cover advertising of a former solicitors' office on Stokes Croft in Bristol. … Read More


2000 - 2002 3 More Events
2003 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, at an exhibition called Turf War, held in a London warehouse, Banksy painted on animals. … Read More
2004 34 Years Old In August 2004, Banksy produced a quantity of spoof British £10 notes substituting the picture of the Queen's head with Diana, Princess of Wales's head and changing the text "Bank of England" to "Banksy of England." … Read More
2005 35 Years Old In August 2005, Banksy, on a trip to the Palestinian territories, created nine images on the Israeli West Bank wall.
2006 36 Years Old Banksy held an exhibition called Barely Legal, billed as a "three-day vandalised warehouse extravaganza" in Los Angeles, on the weekend of 16 September 2006. … Read More
On 21 February 2007, Sotheby's auction house in London auctioned three works, reaching the highest ever price for a Banksy work at auction: over £102,000 for his Bombing Middle England. … Read More
In London, over the weekend 3–5 May 2008, Banksy hosted an exhibition called The Cans Festival. … Read More
In May 2009, Banksy parted company with agent Steve Lazarides and announced that Pest Control, the handling service who act on his behalf, would be the only point of sale for new works.


Banksy's first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie", made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. … Read More
In late January 2011, Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for a 2010 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. … Read More
2012 42 Years Old In July, prior to the 2012 Olympic Games Banksy posted photographs of paintings with an Olympic theme on his website but did not disclose their location. … Read More
2014 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2014, he was awarded Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards.
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