`` Home Sweet Home `` By Graphic Designer And Friend Tristan Manco
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His real name and date of birth are unknown despite repeated false reports, hoaxes and attempts to uncover the information. His work shows up on public surfaces, the sides of buildings and walls throughout the world. Art auctioneers sell this much in demand street art at high prices. His work usually comes with an anti-establishment or anti-war message. Rats, police, soldiers and the elderly are often included in his art. His first film Exit Through the Gift Shop received an Academy Award nomination in 2011. The 2014 Webby Awards honored him as person of the year. But who is the artist, activist, and filmmaker whose work led to "the Banksy effect?" And why is his work so sought after?
Trained as a Butcher
According to the book Home Sweet Home by author, graphic designer and friend Tristan Manco, Banksy was born in 1974 and grew up in Bristol, England. Manco also wrote that Banksy trained as a butcher but became involved in the Bristol underground scene during the late 1980s aerosol boom. The scene involved collaborations with musicians and artists. Banksy himself has said that his work was inspired by graffiti artist Robert Del Naja, also known as 3D and a founding member of the band Massive Attack. Art critics and observers have compared Banksy 's work to Blek le Rat, whose real name is Xavier Prou and who is known as the father of stencil graffiti.
In the early 1990s, Banksy started as a freehand graffiti artist, using stencils as elements in his pieces. However, by