Ten artists who have been compared to Banksy (2023)

There is a basic phrase that journalists like to use when describing the work of a new artistic talent. Especially if the work is on the street. They are often compared to Banksy. He is lazy, but he is the most famous street artist in the world.

I was often amused by the number of comparisonsBanksyHe succeeds. Presumably, it's because he's the only other street performer these journalists know of. It becomes an easy link to do. Suddenly something appears that is a bit edgy and it is 'the new Banksy'. Maybe a local artist uses a stencil and 'it's the new Banksy'. What if we just don't know who the artist is? He must be the new Banksy.

Anyway, I thought I'd have a little fun with this concept. Searching the internet, I found stories of artists who have been compared to Banksy in one way or another. You don't have to look far. I also added a small summary. I used to rate how realistic the Banksy comparison is. Mostly when doing my comparisons, I looked at the style and atmosphere. Banksy is known for his single layer stencil technique. It is also known that he uses his environment. I also watched 'Mystery' because not many people know who he is and he's still an enigma.

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The Black Hand – Iranian Banksy

The Black Hand works in the context of the Iranian authoritarian regime. He's a slippery street performer with some tough political messages. Use the template as a key part of your arsenal. He was an artist compared to Banksy by The Guardian. nicknamed 'banksy from iran', working undercover, using satire to get his message across and using a similar artistic technique.

Speaking to the newspaper, he explains how he uses his art to raise awareness about key issues in Iran. Issues such as legal activity in organ trade. This is where people advertise the sale of their own kidneys and women's rights. One mural shows a hijab-clad woman holding a detergent bottle aloft as she wears an Iranian soccer team jersey. Women are prohibited from attending soccer matches involving men. The mural has echoes of the recent history ofGhoncheh Ghavamia British-Iranian woman who was recently arrested for watching a volleyball game.

The comparison with Banksy seems to appeal to the Black Hand. talking with himguardianhe describes it as an inspiration saying, “You learn from Banksy. Banksy is the most important and serious street artist who has become a living graffiti encyclopedia for others. His stencil technique also comes directly from the Banksy school “I was wondering how Banksy could be defined in the socio-cultural and political atmosphere of Iran. I needed a technique to be able to do my art in a very short period of time.” says Black Hand.

How close to Banksy?

Well, pretty close I'd say. the Black Hand operates in the midst of a repressive regime. he has to stencil because he doesn't want to get caught and needs to operate quickly. He keeps his identity a secret for fear of the authorities and has a keen and observant intelligence.

P183 – Banksy ruso

P183 was a Russian street artist who tragicallydied last yearwith only 29 years. In a BBC interview the year before, they described P183 as 'Russia's response to Banksy🇧🇷 In 2012, in an interview with the elusive artist, they captured some of his art and points of view. It goes without saying that the resulting video is very interesting and can be seenhere🇧🇷 However, it was an interview with the onlinefat magazinewho tackled the Banksy comparison head-on. “People need to compare one person to another… And they do. Personally, I don't care anymore. I have my own cosmos,” she said.

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This interview is well worth reading as it explains some of the inspirations that shaped the P183. He also gives an insight into the scene in Russia. Explain your motivation forgordohe told them: “The fact is that I have no choice. I just did what seemed important to me, that's all. And I see that graffiti, if you can call what I do, is seen by people every day, and that's an advantage."

Part street art, part installation here was an artist using the world around him to create surprising and thought-provoking art. talking with himBBCHowever, he said that this is not his main inspiration. “My work usually deals with politics, but for me the most important thing is society. Still, politics is a hot topic. I don't like many things about Russian politics, Putin's politics."

How close to Banksy?

Similar to Black Hand. P183 operated in a repressive regime, making social commentary through art that he knew might not be appreciated. His work was sharp, satirical and observant, this was an artist with a lot to say. His style made use of his environment and often sparked comment. Does he look like Banksy? Well, for that matter, yeah, I guess he was. Although P183 was unique and a great loss to the art world.

Mobstr – Banksy typeface

An unlikely comparison at first glance, but look a little closer and the shortlist question'Is Mobstr the new Banksy?' could have a little momentum. Known for his stenciled words and phrases that have been appearing in London's East End for years, he has earned a reputation for his subversive approach to 'street art'.

Writing on walls, floors, billboards, posters, and any other canvas you think your unique brand of message will appear on, Mobstr is a favorite of the underground scene. Take a look at their websitehereand the subversive trait is clear.

How close to Banksy?

Well, Mobstr comes from the same safe, subversive and underground school, the street is its canvas and society is its public. Interestingly, while it's usually known for the stenciled lettering rather than the images, I think of all the ones we've seen, Mobstr is the closest. He is deeply satirical and his observational humor is excellent.

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C215–French Bansky

Going to Malta for a vacation recently. The famous French street artist C215 thought to add some of his stencils to the streets of Valletta. Needless to say, he attracted the attention of the local newspaper. 'The Times of Malta' conducted an interview and titled it 'Street art by Frenchman Banksy colors Valetta🇧🇷 Speaking to the newspaper about his style, he said: “I practice my art with the utmost respect for the city I'm in. I don't destroy anything and I don't paint on the walls without permission. The stone in Malta; It's beautiful and I love it. There's no way I can just paint over it."

Now, of course, C215 is well known for his stencil portraits of people and animals, which might partly explain the link. It is also not exposed to much public view. Although he doesn't necessarily shy away from it either. In London we were lucky enough to see some of C215's work over the years. He recently presented a solo exhibition at the famous Stolen Space gallery. If you look closely, you can still see some of the remains of previous visits to the city. Interestingly, not unlike Banksy's work on the street,C215he also suffered when he saw hisshattered art🇧🇷 It's a shame because it produces truly beautiful art that really tends to blend in with its surroundings.

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How close to Banksy?

Although C215 usually uses stencils, they are often multi-layered and quite colorful. The work usually portrays people or animals and I do not detect any satire. That being said, C215 often portrays people he has met or seen. Some of his most impressive works are the homeless men he portrayed. In terms of mystery, while he's not always in the public eye, I don't get the impression that he's looking to hide.

Bambi - The Banksy Woman

If ever there was a street performer who seems to know the value of publicity, it's Bambi. Often cited as the female Banksy for being a woman. She keeps her identity a secret and uses insoles. She also seems to be the darling of journalists looking for a street art story with a different angle, Bambi fits the bill.

Of all the artists compared to Banksy that we have seen. Bambi has by far the most stories in national newspapers. EITHERguardianearlier this year he wrote an article entitled 'Like Bambi, the Banksy woman has become the new star of street art'. She claimed that the likes of Kanye West and Brad Pitt were "queuing up" to buy her work. EITHERTelegraphhe also published a story about some of his artwork, reportedly valued at £20,000, being stolen from a pop-up gallery in Islington.

How close to Banksy?

Well, Bambi uses templates and to the average Joe like me, she's still an unknown. She is also a woman, hence the 'Banksy Woman' that the press has baptized her. She confessed that she was surprised by the attention she received. It seems there are some friendly journalists who enjoy covering her work. When it comes to marketing, Bambi is particularly astute. In terms of doting on Bambi, it seems like she's become something of a master class. She has come so far. Scaling the dizzying heights of the Inspiring City must have worked

Aito – Japanese Banksy

Widely swept away like thejapanese bankduring a solo exhibition at Graffik Gallery. That masterful marketing was, in turn, carefully chosen and executed by this very blog. Yes, it is true that we also fell into the comparison and reviewed the program with the following title: 'Aito, the Japanese Banksy, has his first individual exhibition at the Graffik Gallery, in London'.

The comparisons to Banksy were essentially that he uses stencils and his art is quite satirical. So it's not much different, except for the fact that Aito is still very young and will no doubt hone his advantage over time. Before the exhibition, Aito painted some things on the street that led to the exhibition at the Graffik gallery. Speaking at the opening of Inspiring City, he claimed that Banksy was indeed an influence. His ambition was to become the best street artist in Japan.

How close to Banksy?

Aito uses stencils and it is clear that he intends to use satire in his pieces. In terms of the Banksy comparison, that's right. He needs to develop his style a bit more to really be matched and the street needs to be his canvas. He has already produced some pieces there, but time will tell to see how this artist evolves.

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Roy's People - Miniature Banksy

My personal favorite of all the artists compared to Banksy is the miniature artist Roy's People. He is an artist who creates creative and imaginative scenes using little people. The resulting image is carefully crafted before being photographed and exhibited in galleries across the UK and around the world. I wasislington ahorawho made the comparison by asking the question 'The new Banksy?' in his headline, having interviewed the artist prior to his first solo show at the Curious Duke Gallery.

There are clearly major stylistic differences between the two artists, but to be fair, Banksy is someone Roy, a friend of this blog, cites as an inspiration. It is this plus the fact that Roy prefers to be known as 'Roy's People' rather than his real name when he talks about his work that made headlines on Islington Now.

How close to Banksy?

Roy is a great talent, there's no doubt about that, but even the kindest observer couldn't compare his work to Banksy's, it's very different. Don't worry Roy, we still think you're great and we sure as hell haven't shattered that many hopes.

Pejac – Spanish Bhighly strung

It was Metro who asked the question 'is this the new Banksy?' about the Spanish artist Pejac. Very clever with the use of location, his work aims to complement and support the space in which he finds himself. The resulting images are clever and imaginative. yousays Metro about his style“Unlike Banksy's murals, the Spanish artist's creations are more discreet. They are less overtly political and more minimalist and wildly elegant. The lines of a brick wall become the branches of a tree or the outline of a brain that becomes a flock of birds.

looking at youwebsite.Pejac's work comes to life painting in the street. This is hands down the best place to try it. So smart is he with the use of his surroundings. There is a great article about your work written byHigh Frustosewhich further explores the use of silhouette and optical illusion.

How close to Banksy?

Pejac is a great talent capable of working effortlessly in multiple mediums. His use of his environment is top notch and that can be said for Banksy as well. I'm not so convinced of his level of satire, however, Pejac's work doesn't seem to me to have much of an advantage. On the contrary, from the work I've seen, it's lighter and more fun.

Palo... er... Palo Banksy?

It was the Daily Mail that asked the question'Is Stik the new Banksy?That was last year. A story followed that a collector had purchased a garage door painted by the artist. This with the expectation that it would sell for £50,000. The door in question was painted in Hackney after the London riots. It depicted three iconic Stik figures against the backdrop of a single flame.

Stik is one of the most recognized street artists in the world today. His figures became recognizable from New York to Japan to Norway. It can be argued that he is a true street artist. He has a good reputation, so perhaps comparing the artist to Banksy is quite accurate in that regard. In terms of style, though I don't think they could be more different, he draws the stickmen in a variety of situations, but each one has their own personality to him. Stik's work is hauntingly beautiful and loved by the vast majority of people who encounter it.

Stik's story is an interesting one, initially designing his dolls while living homeless on the streets, they have become popular and beloved, long awaited by communities who may be lucky enough to get one. We cover a lot of his work here on Inspiring City, his work with Thierry Noir onunderground town wallin Shoreditch being a particular favorite and its wall insouth bankthrough which thousands of visitors pass every day is the hotspot for photographers.

How close to Banksy?

Well, they both paint in the street and are world famous, but the comparison ends there. Stik's style is easy-going, and while much of his work (like the London riots) may reflect society, he's not surprising. It's the kind of street art that is accessible and clean and generally uncontroversial. He also paints everything by hand with no stencil in sight, honing those round heads over the years to a beautiful finish.

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Ben A Alfabeto Banksy

It's ironic that Ben Eine is on the list. Here we have an absolute contemporary of Banksy. When Banksy was painting the streets of the East End, Eine was there with him. He would also do the silkscreens for him. Eine was and still is a master of screen printing. Well known in the street art scene. In fact, he currently has a number of featured pieces in Shoreditch and theolympic park.

In 2010, it was the Evening Standard who asked 'Is Ben Eine the new Banksy?Suddenly, he rose to fame on the back of Samantha Cameron. The wife of the then prime minister had bought him a work of art to give it to Barack Obama. The display that simply read 'Twenty First Century City' can now be hung in the White House. It certainly drew a lot of attention to Eine. She told Standard: "My phone started ringing, emails started coming in, everyone was asking is this for sale, is it for sale?"

It's quite ironic that Eine, a notorious graffiti artist at the time, is now being hanged at the White House. "I've been arrested about 15 times, prosecuted and fined six or seven times." He told Standard insame interview🇧🇷 He only changed his ways when other more earthly responsibilities like a mortgage and a relationship made him think again about activities that may or may not have landed him a prison sentence. Ending the interview in a reflective mood, Eine said that “it may be inevitable that the underground will go mainstream. Take the Banksy phenomenon or what happened to me. Personally, I can't believe that he is almost 40 years old and still paints things on the walls.

How close to Banksy?

As a contemporary, he's closer than most. They both hit the same circles and walked together. Eine and Banksy painted together and traveled the world. They also helped each other with their parts. The two also worked together at Pictures on Walls, the print gallery. Eine's style has evolved ever since. His stylized lettering becomes more and more extravagant and colorful and sets him apart.

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