Dismaland: Who is Banksy?

PUBLISHED: 08:31 20 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:21 20 August 2015

Tropicana building  with Banksy Installations.

Tropicana building with Banksy Installations.

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THE world-renowned street artist has launched his latest show in Weston-super-Mare's Tropicana, but what do we know about the elusive Banksy?

Banksy’s new show, named Dismaland, is built around a twisted ‘bemusement park’ theme and is being held at the site of the former lido on Weston’s seafront.

Nobody knows quite who Banksy is. More than 20 years after the guerrilla street artist’s first pieces appeared on the Bristol underground scene, his identity remains shrouded in secrecy.

He is believed to have been born in the Bristol area in the 1970s.

His politically-themed work became popular in the late 1990s, with its provocative subject matters being discussed around the world.

Bansky’s work was initially drawn freehand, but in 2001 he began stencilling graffiti – a style which has since become his signature.

The artist has created at least 16 pieces in nearby Bristol but has also painted as far afield as Gaza, Bethlehem and New Orleans.

In 2009 the mysterious artist returned to Bristol to put on an exhibition at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, which saw people line the streets in the hope of catching a glimpse of his work.

His art has sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds around the world. Damien Hirst, Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera are just some of the famous faces to own a Bansky original.

* For an exclusive first look at Dismaland click this link.

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