Mr. Brainwash

Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta) is a French street art and video artist whose large-scale installations have gained international recognition. His subversive play with cultural iconography and appropriation, i.e. the deliberate appropriation of works by other artists, makes borrowings from greats of Pop Art such as Andy Warhol, from graffiti pioneers such as Keith Haring, and from contemporary Street Art artists such as Banksy, Alec Monopoly, also a well-known representative of Street Art, counts Mr. Brainwash among his mentors. Born on November 11, 1966 in the Parisian suburb of Garges-lès-Gonesse under the name of Thierry Guetta, the artist moved to Los Angeles at the age of 15, where he continues to live and work. Mr. Brainwash also became known through Banksy's film Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), which documents his rise in 2008. "Banksy recorded how I became an artist," says Mr. Brainwash, "ultimately I became his greatest work of art.