Infamous for his biting critique of governmental hypocrisy and institutional abuses of power, many believe that Banksy first became active in England’s graffiti movement sometime in the late 1980s. Today, his enigmatic persona is best known for his stencil-esque pieces that typically offer some form of dark social commentary. Aside from his street art, Banksy has also successfully dabbled in film.
Zephyr, a.k.a Andrew Witten, is largely considered one of the earliest trailblazers in the graffiti movement and is said to have pioneered one of the styles still used today by graffiti artists. Starting in the late 1970s, Zephyr primarily tagged MTA trains in the New York City area before moving into galleries in the 1980s. Because he chose to use freight cars early on in his career, much of his earliest work is now lost.