The identity of Banksy, the ever-elusive 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.
Recently, a new Banksy work was itself vandalised, thrusting his name back into the spotlight.
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.
Banksy's most recent work, a homage to Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring,' trades the famous earring for a yellow alarm box.
This robot graffiti artist tagging a wall with a barcode (what else?) was part of Banky's well-publicised and shadowy residency in New York City last year.
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.
This one, too, from London in 2008, plays with the idea of low-brow and high-brow art, and graffiti 's place within that spectrum.
In 2007, Banksy visited Bethlehem during Christmas time to unveil six new works on the walls of the city, in an attempt to bring cheer and boost tourism.
Another from his trip to Palestine, Banksy painted this hope for the future on the Israel-Gaza barrier wall.
In this foray into sculpture in 2004, Banksy parodies Rodin's 'The Thinker' statue and turns it into commentary on binge-drinking and public displays of indecency, things some would call the opposite of 'thinking.'
This work, from 2009, is one of many Banksy's pieces which cleverly comment on street art and its treatment by the authorities.
Here, Banksy tackles the prickly subject of global warming in a piece on the side of the Regent's Canal in London.
Not many topics are safe from Banksy's commentary. He certainly won't shy away from recent wiretapping scandals in England and abroad. This work was painted directly on the side of Britain's intelligence agency, Government Communications Headquarters.
Banksy visited New Orleans in 2008 for the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and left this piece behind.
This one, made in San Francisco in 2010, comments on indigenous rights of native peoples whose lands have been invaded and occupied.
Banksy can have some more light-hearted fun as well, like this piece from the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York City.
Sometimes, Banksy can get a little out there, like the time he painted and tagged his name on this cow.
Rats have a been a reappearing motif with Banksy, as well. They always seem to be plotting some ultimate revenge.
Banksy continually questions the street art, the larger art world, and his place in it. In this piece in San Francisco, he comments on the concept that his art could be bought, sold, or displayed anywhere else but in the public eye.
In fact, some of Banksy's art has made it from the street to the museum, like this Churchill with a mohawk, hung part of the exhibition 'Warhol vs Banksy' at The Hospital in Covent Garden in 2007.
In fact, Banksy's work has been in multiple museums and galleries. This painting was in 'Banksy versus Bristol Museum,' one of the largest single collections of the artist works, which was organised under tight security and installed in just 36 hours with only a handful of museum staff aware it was even happening.
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.
All proceeds of the sale of this Banksy piece, titled 'Mobile Lovers,' went to help Broad Plain Boys' Club, a struggling club in Bristol, England.
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.
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.
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