Has guerrilla artist Banksy finally had his cover blown?
The mysterious street painter appeared to be accidentally named in a podcast conversation between British musicians Goldie and Scroobius Pip this week. During the conversation, Goldie was lamenting on the art world’s rush to cash in on Banksy’s work and blurted out, “No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”
There are a lot of people named “Robert” in the world, but it can’t be a coincidence that Goldie’s buddy Robert “3D” Del Naja of trip-hop group Massive Attack is already strongly rumored to be Banksy.
In 2016, British journalism student Craig Williams traced the appearance of Banksy’s art across the world and linked them to specific Massive Attack shows and events happening in the same area at the same time. He also theorized that Banksy may not just be one person, but part of a collective. For his part, the 52-year-old Del Naja responded by telling the UK’s Daily Mail that while Banksy is a friend, the idea that the two were the same person was “wishful thinking.”
But this is one rumor that isn’t going away. Here’s what you need to know about Del Naja.
Del Naja is an artist himself
Before turning full-time with his musical interest, Del Naja was known primarily as a graffiti artist. Stencil art, in particular, was a favorite medium, which Banksy is also known for. Del Naja continues to produce art despite being colorblind, and claiming to not really know what his artwork really looks like.
Moviemakers love Massive Attack’s music
If you’ve seen any kind of moody thriller during the last 25 years, there’s a good chance you’ve heard Massive Attack’s music without even knowing it. The band’s work has been in movies as varied as 1993’s “Sliver” (which featured “Unfinished Sympathy”), 1999’s “The Matrix” (“Dissolved Girl”) and 2000’s “Snatch” (“Angel”).