Despite being Britain’s most celebrated graffiti artist, his true identity remains unknown. Originally from Bristol, Banksy has taken his provocative and inspiring brand of vandalism to sites worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to the Israeli West Bank barrier. A common technique in Banksy's art is to play on the perspective and edges of the item on which he is stenciling. Examples include 'trapdoors', 'criminal rats', ‘photo opportunities’ and 'peeing soldiers’.
Banksy brought his anti-capitalist and protest imagery to an international audience through his street works, painted animals, screen prints, books, and was honored in 2009 with a show at the Bristol Museum. His first film, ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in 2011.