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Banksy

Datum narození: 1974

Banksy je pseudonym anglického street artového umělce pocházejícího z bristolské undergroundové scény, jehož skutečná identita je neznámá. Banksyho díla jsou často satirická a nesou politické či kulturní poselství. Jeho street art, který kombinuje graffiti s využitím šablonové techniky, se objevil v Londýně i v jiných městech po světě. Banksy také vytvořil v roce 2010 uvítací skeč v seriálu Simpsonovi v díle MoneyBART zobrazující pracující Asiaty vytvářející samotný seriál v žalostných podmínkách. Skeč byl inspirován zjištěním, že Simpsonovi jsou z velké části vyráběni v Jižní Koreji. Na konci roku 2010 se rozhodl finančně vypomoci stíhaným umělcům z ruské skupiny Vojna. Režíroval také film Exit Through the Gift Shop, který měl premiéru na Sundance Film Festivalu v roce 2010. V říjnu 2013 přinesla agentura Profimedia zprávu s fotkou, jež měla umělce zachytit; spolu s tím uvedla i jeho civilní jméno – Robin Banks.


„Pokaždé, když si myslím, že jsem vytvořil něco alespoň trochu originálního, zjistím, že to dělal už Blek Le Rat. Jenže on to dělal o dvacet let dřív než já.“

„Once upon a time, there was a king who ruled a great and glorious nation. Favourite amongst his subjects was the court painter of whom he was very proud. Everybody agreed this wizzened old man pianted the greatest pictures in the whole kingdom and the king would spend hours each day gazing at them in wonder. However, one day a dirty and dishevelled stranger presented himself at the court claiming that in fact he was the greatest painter in the land. The indignant king decreed a competition would be held between the two artists, confident it would teach the vagabond an embarrassing lesson. Within a month they were both to produce a masterpiece that would out do the other. After thirty days of working feverishly day and night, both artists were ready. They placed their paintings, each hidden by a cloth, on easels in the great hall of the castle. As a large crowd gathered, the king ordered the cloth be pulled first from the court artist’s easel. Everyone gasped as before them was revealed a wonderful oil painting of a table set with a feast. At its centre was an ornate bowl full of exotic fruits glistening moistly in the dawn light. As the crowd gazed admiringly, a sparrow perched high up on the rafters of the hall swooped down and hungrily tried to snatch one of the grapes from the painted bowl only to hit the canvas and fall down dead with shock at the feet of the king. ’Aha!’ exclaimed the king. ’My artist has produced a painting so wonderful it has fooled nature herself, surely you must agree that he is the greatest painter who ever lived!’ But the vagabond said nothing and stared solemnly at his feet. ’Now, pull the blanket from your painting and let us see what you have for us,’ cried the king. But the tramp remained motionless and said nothing. Growing impatient, the king stepped forward and reached out to grab the blanket only to freeze in horror at the last moment. ’You see,’ said the tramp quietly, ’there is no blanket covering the painting. This is actually just a painting of a cloth covering a painting. And whereas your famous artist is content to fool nature, I’ve made the king of the whole country look like a clueless little twat.“ Wall and Piece


„There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place.“

„A lot of mothers will do anything for their children, except let them be themselves.“ Wall and Piece

„I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.“

„You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid.
You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation
at high speed with total clarity.“
Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

„The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.“ Wall and Piece

„Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.“


„Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a fucking sharp knife to it.“ Wall and Piece

„Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss.“ Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

„There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge.“

„The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.“


„A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.“ Wall and Piece

„Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for.“

„Imagine a city where graffiti wasn't illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall - it's wet.“ Wall and Piece

„Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.“ Wall and Piece

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