One of the most famous, or infamous, graffiti artists goes by the name Banksy. He (?) is a pseudonymous England-based artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His trademark is a stencil-style guerrilla art of political and social commentary that has been featured on streets, walls, and bridges in cities throughout the world, first making his presence known in London, Brighton, and Bristol. There has been much publicity and controversy surrounding the artist because Banksy's true identity has never really been known, becoming a guarded secret. There has been much speculation and research to figure out who this artist(s) actually is. Banksy states on his website, "I am unable to comment on who may or may not be Banksy, but anyone described as being 'good at drawing' doesn't sound like Banksy to me." Critics have described his work as simple vandalism. The works have dealt with many political and social issues such as anti-War, anti-capitalism, anti-fascism, anti-imperialism, anti-authoritarianism, anarchism, and existentialism. They also deal with the human conditions of greed, poverty, hypocrisy, boredom, despair, and alienation. Banksy's work mocks central power, with hopes that it will show the public that although power does exist and work against you, that power is not terribly efficient and it can be and should be deceived.
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