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.
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.
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.
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.