There is a discussion ongoing right now whether the famous street artist Banksy is the person who recently created this in a small alley, close to rue Mouffetard, Le Passage des Postes. It has been stated as fake, reconfirmed as a real one, reconfirmed as a fake…
Banksy, who remains more or less anonymous, with origins in Bristol U.K., has also published books, made films and is certainly the best known street artist today, active all over the world, more recently in New York. Some of his works are sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars, pounds or euros. Happenings around him include the sales in a pop-up boutique on the 5th Avenue in New York this year, when spray-art canvasses were put up for sale at 60$. Very few were sold, but are today estimated to more than 30.000 $.
It was indicated that a second pretended Banksy graffiti had appeared in Montmartre, rue Piémontési. I checked. If it was there, it’s already over-painted.
Here are some examples of Banksy’s artwork elsewhere.
His technique is of course very similar to the one often used by the French artist Jef Aerosol, active well before Bansky and whose works are largely present in Paris – and elsewhere – and on whom I have posted e.g. here and here.