Randy "Kel1st" Rodriguez is a native New York. He has been instrumental in the continual development and expansion of graffiti world wide. A prominent artist with collected works in permanent collections in museums in New York, and Europe. Kel's professional career as software designer in technology serves the purpose of preserving the legacy of the culture that gave a name and face to what is know as Hip-Hop today.
The graffiti scene in China is small and the best work is confined to semi-sanctioned areas, often set in rusting industrial areas. For the small size of the scene, a huge amount of incredible art packs these tiny plots of land.
The photos in this book were taken between Spring of 2013 and Spring of 2014.
All of the photos in Beijing were taken in and around 798 Art Zone in the Chaoyang District of the city. This spot of refurbished military factories has been transformed into an arts district that contains many art galleries, studios, shops and schools.
The photos in the Shanghai set were taken in the 50 Moganshan Lu area near Suzhou Creek. This area used to be home to many factories and warehouses that have since been converted to art galleries, studios and cafes. The graffiti wall pictured has since been demolished to make way for a business district.
But as famous as Banksy is, he is also utterly unknown—he conceals his real name, hides his face, distorts his voice, and reveals his identity to only a select few. Who is this man that has captivated millions? How did a graffiti artist from Bristol, England, find himself at the center of an artistic movement? How has someone who goes to such great lengths to keep himself hidden achieved such great notoriety? And is his anonymity a necessity to continue his vandalism—or a marketing tool to make him ever more famous?
Now, in the first ever full-scale investigation of the artist, reporter Will Ellsworth-Jones pieces together the story of Banksy, building up a picture of the man and the world in which he operates. He talks to his friends and enemies, those who knew him in his early, unnoticed days, and those who have watched him try to come to terms with his newfound fame and success. And he explores the contradictions of a champion of renegade art going to greater and greater lengths to control his image and his work.
Banksy offers a revealing glimpse at an enigmatic figure and a riveting account of how a self-professed vandal became an international icon—and turned the art world upside down in the process.
. Can2 - Munich
. Bates - Copenhagen
. Banksy - London
. Loomit - Germany
. CES?- The Bronx, New York
. Os Gemeos - Sao Paolo
. Sento - Hawaii
. T-Kid - The Bronx, New York