Banksy Beside Books


Text by Francesco Matteuzzi
Illustrations by Marco Maraggi


Banksy is undoubtedly one of the most famous artists in the world. Thanks to him, street art has become ‘great art’ and with him it has made global headlines. And yet behind him lies one of the most incredible mysteries in the history of art.

Who is this great artist who creates artwork all over the world and signs them with a name that nobody is able to put a face to? No one knows, or rather, someone probably does, but in a very close circle. In this graphic novel, a girl and a boy who are passionate about art and street art retrace Banksy’s history, investigating and recounting it as if in a documentary that begins with his first appearances and ends with his latest works.
With a series of flashbacks and fast forwards, his artistic career, his political and social stance and the most credible theories on his identity are explored.
Francesco Matteuzzi is a journalist and screenwriter. He was editor-in-chief of Fumo di China magazine and has written graphic novels dedicated to the lives of Mark Rothko, Hokusai, Philip K. Dick and Anna Politkovskaya. He teaches screenwriting and storytelling at the International School of Comics.
Marco Maraggi is an illustrator and cartoonist with a passion for rock ‘n’ roll and street art. His illustrations, like an electro-pop album, combine a deep interest in the history of comics, a love of experimentation and a desire to surprise and delight. He collaborates with various publishers and international magazines.
17x24 cm
128 pages
Hardcover
art lovers