WHO IS BANKSY?
We tend to think that being famous automatically leads to everyone knowing every single detail of your life.
While that may be true for most celebrities and public figures, it isn’t the case for everyone. Some people became well known for their craft or their story but managed to keep their true identity a complete secret. In this day and age, remaining a private and even a mysterious person definitely takes some effort but turns out it is possible.
The British graffiti artist who goes by the name ‘Banksy’ emerged onto the art scene in 1993, and his identity has remained a mystery ever since. Even if the name doesn’t sound familiar to you, you have likely encountered a Banksy piece at some point. His art - which usually comments on political and social issues - is originally displayed in places like public bridges, tunnels, and walls, and it later gets reproduced on countless prints and merchandise. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Banksy is currently one of the most famous artists in the world yet all that is known about him is his country of origin.
A few years ago, the Daily Mail claimed that Banksy’s real name is Robin Gunningham. But, according to Banksy’s own website, he states that he is “unable to comment on who may or may not be Banksy”. He rarely gives interviews, but even when he does, Banksy’s voice is altered to sound robotic. In this day and age, it’s incredible that such a prominent figure manages to keep their identity hidden.
Clancy's comment: Good for him.