A street artist whose identity remains unknown, is believed to have been born in Bristol, England, around 1974 He rose to prominence for his provocative stencilled pieces in the late 1990s. He began his career as a graffiti artist in the early 1990s, in Bristol’s graffiti gang DryBreadZ Crew. Although his early work was largely freehand, Banksy used stencils on occasion. In the late ‘90s, he began using stencils predominantly. His work became more widely recognised around Bristol and in London, as his signature style developed. Banksy’s artwork is characterised by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work often engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. Common subjects include rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family, and children.In addition to his two-dimensional work, Banksy is known for his installation artwork. One of the most celebrated of these pieces, which featured a live elephant painted with a Victorian wallpaper pattern, sparked controversy among animal rights activists. Other pieces have drawn attention for their edgy themes or the boldness of their execution. Banksy’s work on the West Bank barrier, between Israel and Palestine, received significant media attention in 2005. He is also known for his use of copyrighted material and subversion of classic images. His recent projects include Make this the year you discover a new destination, a2-minute video about his trip to Gaza Strip and the opening of Dismaland, a large scale group show modelled on Disneyland both in 2015.