“Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint.” ― Banksy in his book Wall and Piece
This month, New York is buzzing with talk of Banksy. The anonymous street artist is currently staging a residency in the city called "Better Out Than In," where he puts up a new piece every day. The stunt has led to a Banksy craze in the form of a scavenger hunt to find the graffiti, followed by its inevitable destruction within the same day. Just yesterday, the world may have been as close as they have ever come to catching the elusive street artist.
But despite his popularity, not much is known about the infamous Banksy. He has maintained a cloak of anonymity since his start as a graffiti writer in the 1990s. His clever, politically-charged works are meant to shock and awe, and we have come to expect them to do just that, but Banksy hasn't always been political. His earlier graffiti writing was very different from his stencils today, and since he took to the streets, Banksy, along with Shepard Fairey, Invader, and so many others, is one of the reasons street art has grown in popularity. As The Wooster Collective puts it, "Shepard Fairey created the movement... Banksy created the market." Catch up with Banksy's Art Evolution and find out what the hype is really about.