Has Banksy’s identity finally been revealed? Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja from the band Massive Attack has been named as the face of the graffiti artist, according to a new investigation. Del Naja is a former graffiti artist whom Banksy has actually cited as an inspiration of his — get all of the details here!
Banksy is a guerrilla graffiti icon, and investigative journalist Craig Williams, 31, has claimed that the artist’s true identity is Robert “3D” Del Naja, 51. His conclusion is based on the fact that Banksy murals have been appearing in cities around the globe in spots where English trip hop group Massive Attack has played shows.
Williams suggests that Banksy could be not just Del Naja, but “a group of people” led by the bandmember — who was actually a graffiti artist in the 1980s — which would explain how the murals are done all over the world, sometimes within short periods of time. In his report, Williams outlines how the murals have appeared within a week or two of Massive Attack concerts in places like Los Angeles, Melbourne and Toronto. Pretty suspicious! However, the rockstar says he is simply good friends with the English-based Banksy, who in turn has said 3D inspired his work.
Williams concludes that Banksy might be “a group who have, over the years, followed Massive Attack around and painted walls at their leisure”. He muses that Del Naja is “the head of such a group”, and is “a multi-disciplined artist in front of one the seminal groups in recent British music history, doubling up as the planet’s most revered street artist”. That would be pretty cool!
Obviously, there is controversy surrounding Banksy. Though his works sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, many critics say his art should be classified as vandalism. Either way, his street art is amazing, and it employs dark humor and a distinctive stenciling technique — you can check out some of his work here.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Robert is the real Banksy, or at least has connections to a group behind the murals?