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Who is Banksy, how does he stay anonymous – and is Neil Buchanan Banksy?


Banksy’s artwork is admired by millions of people around the world. This Bristolian artist’s work can fetch more than £1 million and is commended for commenting on societal issues. This week the anonymous artist made headlines when a theory about his identity went viral.

Banksy’s real identity was guessed this week with theorists claiming former children’s TV presenter Neil Buchanan was the elusive artist.

The rumour surfaced on social media suggesting the former Art Attack and Finder’s Keepers host was the man behind Banksy’s anonymous street art.

Rumours of his supposed alter-ego appear to have started when one user claimed that Banksy artworks had sprung up in places where Buchanan’s former band Marseille played gigs.

The 58-year-old from Liverpool shared a statement denying he is Banksy on Monday.

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Mr Lazarides worked with Banksy from 1997 to 2009 and published a book in 2019 called Banksy Captured.

He revealed a number of ways in which the graffiti artist avoided detection.

Mr Lazarides told Sky News: “It’s amazing what you can do with a high vis jacket and some cones.

“Obviously, he couldn’t do it now. But then, I never saw him paint at night. Never.”

he former agent revealed that Banksy uses disguises such as dressing as a construction worker and appearing to complete renovation work.

Mr Lazarides also revealed Banksy would purport to be painting for a fictitious film and the agent would act as the producer of the film if anyone questioned him.

He told Sky News: “We got away with it several times.

“And the thing is, a high visibility jacket in the middle of the day… I have seen police officers, I’ve seen everybody, walk past if people are wearing a high vis jacket and have some cones out.”

Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces such as walls and self-built physical prop pieces.

He no longer sells photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti, but his public installations are regularly resold.

A small number of Banksy’s works are officially, non-publicly, sold through Pest Control.



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