Girl And Balloon, London, 2002
The identity of Banksy, a graffiti artist who has risen to superstar status over the past 20 years, is still unknown to the general public.
But that hasn’t stopped him from selling art pieces for millions of dollars, compiling books of his work, and making documentary films about his escapades, all while becoming a household name the world over.
Since he’s been back in the news, we put together a list of some of Banksy’s most clever and brilliant pieces to refresh your memory.
This piece, stenciled on a wall in Bethlehem, is one of Banksy’s most famous and was later chosen for the cover of a book of his work. A Palestinian labourer works under a large wall painting by elusive British graffiti artist Banksy December 5, 2007 on a building wall in the biblical city of Bethlehem in the West Bank
It’s his most iconic pieces that cement his place in history and stand the test of time. This piece was commissioned by Bono and was intended to represent a metaphor for the west’s reluctance to tackle issues such as Aids in Africa.
A statue deposited overnight without authorisation at the junction of Shaftesbury avenue and St. Giles high street in London February 27, 2004.
A woman photographs herself with a piece of street art attributed to Banksy titled “The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum” after it was defaced in an alleyway in Bristol, western England, October 22, 2014
Here, Banksy tackles the prickly subject of global warming in a piece on the side of the Regent’s Canal in London. Graffiti art is seen on a wall next to the Regent’s Canal, in Camden in London December 22, 2009.
Sometimes, Banksy can get a little out there, like the time he painted and tagged his name on this cow. A live cow painted with the name of grafitti artist ‘Banksy’ is seen during his Turf War exhibition in London, July 17, 2003
Banksy visited New Orleans in 2008 for the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and left this piece behind. Grafitti by the illusive artist Banksy adorns a building August 29, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
This work, from 2009, is one of many Banksy’s pieces which cleverly comment on street art and its treatment by the authorities. Graffiti art is seen on a wall next to the Regent’s Canal, in Camden in London December 22, 2009.
A man chats on his phone beside a painting on a wall in Portobello Road, west London January 14, 2008.
This robot graffiti artist tagging a wall with a barcode (what else?) was part of Banky’s well-publicized and shadowy residency in New York City in 2013.
A Palestinian boy looks at one of six new images painted by British street artist Banksy as part of a Christmas exhibition in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 2, 2007.
Another from his trip to Palestine, Banksy painted this hope for the future on the Israel-Gaza barrier wall.
Another one from Banksy’s attack on New York City, this time in the Bronx, pokes fun at graffiti and its begrudging acceptance by the upper-class art world.
Banksy’s homage to Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” trades the famous earring for a yellow alarm box.
Even some of his most iconic street art pieces have made it into galleries, like this famous stencil of two English police officers in a loving embrace. A woman walks past Kissing Coppers by artist Banksy at the Banksy: The Unauthorised Retrospective exhibition at Sotheby’s S2 Gallery in London June 6, 2014.
An installation of Cinderella’s coach shown crashed outside of her eerie castle.
Banksy can have some more light-hearted fun as well, like this piece from the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. A dog urinates on a new work by British graffiti artist Banksy on West 24th street in New York City, October 3, 2013.
This one, made in San Francisco in 2010, comments on indigenous rights of native peoples whose lands have been invaded and occupied.
This one, entitled “Cardinal Sin,” was on display at the Walker Art Gallery in London in 2012. Cardinal Sin, a work by artist Banksy on display at the Walker Art Gallery on February 9, 2012 in Liverpool, England.
This piece, one of his larger ones, skewers gentrification in his native England. A new work by British artist Banksy, in the form of a billboard, adorns a wall near the Canary Wharf financial district in London December 22, 2011.