Mr. Brainwash is a pseudonym for the French artist Thierry Guetta, who, after having done different works as a video-maker, dedicated himself to street art, becoming one of its most provocative figures. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Brainwash is well known for the exaggerated way he uses to display his artworks in the City of the Angels, creating large-scale projects.
His first interaction with the street art’s world was when, back to France, he started to document with a camera the life and actions of street artists like Shepard Fairey and Zevs; later on, he started to do graffiti himself, until he got the chance to collaborate with Banksy in the makings of his “Barely Legal” show and in his film “Exit Through The Gift Shop”, experiences that launched once and for all his career.
Keeping on doing exhibitions and covering cities with his art all over the world, Mr. Brainwash borrows works of artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Banksy, using his art with the aim of subvert the cultural iconography of the present and the past. He twists pictures and their contexts with a positive and playful spirit, contributing to the makings of a new Pop Art style.