There is graffiti in almost every city in the world. Read this article to learn more about Britain's most famous graffiti artist.

Where do you expect to see graffiti? Probably not in a museum. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, in the south-west of England, was the kind of place you went to see classical statues and stuffed animals in cases until the arrival of the ‘Banksy versus the Bristol Museum’ exhibition in the summer of 2009. The exhibition hosted more than 100 works by Banksy, one of the world’s most famous graffiti artists.

Banksy is a man of mystery. He hardly ever gives interviews and likes to be anonymous. Nobody knows much about his life or his background but many people believe that his real name is either Robin Gunningham, Robert Banks or Robin Banks and that he was born in 1973 near Bristol.

Banksy’s controversial ‘street art’ includes spray paintings on live sheep and cows and graffiti on the huge wall erected to divide Israel and Palestine. Brad Pitt spent over $2 million on a Bansky original. Banksy designed an album cover for the Britpop group Blur in 2003 but he has refused at least four requests to do adverts for Nike. A year after the Bristol exhibition, Banksy made a film called Exit Through the Gift Shop. The film tells the story of a French street artist in America. Exit Through the Gift Shop received many positive reviews. Nobody knows if it was about a real artist or an invented character from Banksy’s imagination.

Bristol isn’t the only place in Britain to welcome graffiti. The DPM Park in Dundee, Scotland has the longest legal graffiti wall (almost 110m long) in the UK. Anyone can paint on the council-owned wall any time they like. Mike Crilley, the graffiti wall project organiser, promotes the positive side of graffiti and runs workshops for local children.

Is everyone doing graffiti? Can we do graffiti where we want these days? Not exactly. It’s illegal to paint on somebody else’s property so make sure you find a legal graffiti wall like the one in Dundee if you want to have a go.

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Is there a lot of graffiti in your town or city? Are there any famous street artists like Banksy where you live?

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Kheda Brattford 20 January, 2013 - 16:46

I think that the graffiti is such kind of art. There are cases when some boring buildings need graffiti because it can decorate these places)

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Jen 19 January, 2013 - 18:30

I live in Ukraine and I can say that the art of graffiti isn't such developed as in Britain. But I believe that it's just temperary and in the future this kind of art will be popular in Ukraine too.

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Irini Real Madrid 18 January, 2013 - 17:05

i live in albania:)i think that graffìti is a art for tha most of peoples but is and a vandalism too.in my country graffiti is not used too much

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Demy 17 January, 2013 - 10:54

I live in Ukraine.In my country graffiti it's not so popular like in Great Britain.It's very bad(((
We have a lot of talents but they do not always understand by other citizens...
Now on the streets there are more pictures because our young people still trying to demonstrate interesting of this activity.
I hope that soon in Ukraine street artists will understand as well as in the UK...

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Miley 6 March, 2013 - 13:32

HI! i think that graffiti is both art and vandalism. If it is not use in the proper place or in the proper time...and if these graffiti contains bad words.or bad figures than it is vandalism, but if it is used in the proper place and its a good because contains good works, or phrases like : '' A day without laughing is a lost day'' ~ Charlie Chaplin...etc...then i call it art.

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