Banksy / Modus gallery

We just loved doing graffiti, it was the best thing ever! We used to do them on the bus, coming home from school and everybody did that.” This is how a Bristol child started drawing on public walls, before becoming one of the greatest writers in the world.Banksy’s artworks were born on buses, they crossed the walls of dozens of cities all over the world to eventually land in the halls of the most important galleries and museums.

The reasons why Banksy became so popular is his undeniable ability to take great contemporary themes regarding politics, ethics or culture and translate them into a clear and effective aesthetic. Banksy started working in the nineties, when street art was still in gestation, but he managed to be the first artist to draw attention of such a wide audience to the horrors of war, the contradictions of capitalism and the deception which distinguishes the way we proclaim ourselves “free”.

The subjects of his artworks are diverse: common, anonymous people, political figures, mottos, logos, famous pictures or advertisings. He also uses very often the smiley emoticon as a replacement for human expressions or feelings. His favorite technique is the stencil by which the image is made by applying pigment to a surface over an intermediate object with designed gaps in it, which create the pattern by only allowing the pigment to reach some parts of the surface.


The artist truly communicates through is works, as his identity is still unknown, even though it is believed that he could have born in England in 1975 and raised in Bristol. Banksy is a nickname, his tag, his signature, but he never showed himself in public. Protected by anonymity, which anyway increased his fame, providing him a captivating air of mystery, Banksy works quietly under the radar, just like one of his famous rats, protagonists of his graffiti:  

They exist without permission. They are hated, hunted and persecuted. They live in quiet desperation amongst the filth. And yet they are capable of bringing entire civilizations to their knees. If you are dirty, insignificant, and unloved then rats are the ultimate role model.


Banksy / Modus Art Gallery