Banksy‘s graffitis and murals are a worldwide reference of street art. His unknown identity and controversial art has made him a man of mystery as well as an international icon with some of his pieces reaching over a million dollars at Sotheby’s auctions.
Recently Scottish journalist Craig Williams presented a theory claiming that Massive Attack member Robert Del Naja AKA 3D is the person behind Banksy’s works. The reporter also added that the artist is backed with a group of collaborators, led by the Bristol band member.
Del Naja was a known graffiti artist in the 80’s and has admitted to know Banksy, taking part in the film “Exit Through The Gift Shop“, that was directed by the artist himself.
The latest hypothesis is based on a complete investigation that links Massive Attack‘s visited cities with Banksy‘s appearances. In March 2003 Massive Attack visited Melbourne, a month later Banksy’s art appeared in the city. In 2006 a Banksy exhibition took place in Los Angeles, a few weeks later than Massive Attack’s Hollywood Bowl concert.
Other theory clues brings a series of Banksy’s New Orleans stencils that appeared during 2008, at the same time that the Del Naja was involved writing the soundtrack for a city focused documentary named “Trouble the Water“. In 2010 another massive link is registered as a group of Banksy’s artwork appeared in different United Stated cities like San Francisco, New Orleans and Toronto, coinciding with the UK band tour.
In Craig Williams words “What if Banksy isn’t the one person everyone thinks he is. What if Banksy is a group of people who have been stencilling different locations both at home and abroad? Such a rich body of work done over a decade, across the globe, may allow for the suggestion. Perhaps the assertion then that Banksy is just one person is wide of the mark, instead being a group who have, over the years, followed Massive Attack around and painted walls at their leisure. And perhaps, at the head of such a group we have Del Naja. 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. Now that would be cool.”
Massive Attack next show will be taking place on September 3 at their hometown Bristol. Williams has stated: “I believe a new mural is highly likely to appear prior to or after the concert.”