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Banksy’s early pieces around the globe

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Banksy is a street artist whose identity remains unknown. Despite remaining anonymous, we can say that Banksy is the world’s most famous and celebrated graffiti artist. He was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world last 2010, alongside Barack Obama and Steve Jobs.

Banksy’s artwork has been seen across the world. His travels have included Australia, England, the United States, Israel, Jamaica,  Canada, and more. Scroll down below to view more murals and let us know which one’s your favorite.

Stencil work in Mexico, 2001

Stencil work in Mexico, 2001

Los Angeles Version of Maid, 2006

Marilyn Monroe by Banksy in Los Angeles, USA

Sun-bathing skeleton in San Francisco, California

“Old Skool” in Clerkenwell Road, London, 2007

Banksy pictured painting a mural in Chiapas, Mexico, 1999

Before his rise to fame, the guerrilla artist was said to be a goalkeeper for Bristol-based football club, Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls.

In 2001 he joined them on a tour of Mexico where he played against Zapatista freedom fighters and painted them a mural depicting their struggle for independence.

Banksy’s work in Chiapas, Mexico, 1999

“Thug Lovin’” in Vienna, Italy, 2003

This mural is located in the 4th district of Vienna and sprayed with the image of a girl and the words ‘Thug Lovin’. The door is also spray stenciled with ‘BANKSY’. It is dated around 2003-2004 when Banksy visited Vienna several times.


Banksy’s skeleton van in San Francisco, California, 2001

Graffiti work in Naples, Italy, 2005

The graffiti shows Banksy’s interpretation of Bernini’s Santa Teresa. It was frescoed on a wall opposite the Cloister of Santa Chiara. The saint in ecstasy is depicted with a McDonald’s meal and a Coca Cola on her lap. This juxtaposition of holiness and the mundane is thought to be a comment by Banksy on consumerism.

Graffiti in Liverpool, England

Mural at Rivington St., London, 2000