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Mr. Brainwash

Mr. Brainwash

United States • Born in: 1966

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Mr. Brainwash, the pseudonym for Thierry Guetta was born near Paris, in Sarcelles in 1966. At the age of 15, he moved to Los Angeles with his father, brothers, and sisters after their mother passed away. A video maker and pop art artist, his works are mostly in stencil or graffiti.

He took lessons at Fairfax High school for about a year but dropped out of high school to organize Hollywood events. He began selling vintage clothes in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.

He had a ticking in 1999 for street art, during a trip to France to visit his cousin, Space Invader, a Parisian street artist. Thierry Guetta has a passion for video and therefore began filming all the breaks, accompanied by other street artists, like Shepard Fairey or Wevs. At this moment, the videos weren't meant to be seen. He began graffiti and became Mr. Brainwash. His universe is made up of Banksy's stencils and images of Andy Warhol.

In 2009, he met the British artist Banksy and helps him launch his exhibition: Barely Legal in Los Angeles, this event attracted celebrities and art dealers. The two artists decided to realize a documentary on the world of street artists, which was a mystery up till now. The images which were shot before were then shown along with Invader, Banksy, and Mr. Brainwash.

Due to this collaboration, the doc-fiction “Exit Through the Gift Shop" (ou Faites le Mur !) was born, nominated for an Oscar, presented in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival. The film presents the meteoric rise of Mr. Brainwash on the street art scene, and his works being sold for phenomenal sums, like his Jim Morrison portrait sold for 100 000 $ or Charlie Chaplin for 50 000 $. After the movie's success, Mr. Brainwash's work becomes much more popular.

But the story can be seen the other way around. It was shown that Mr. Brainwash isn't a fictitious character, he did put together the movie. The fiction caught up with reality, making Mr. Brainwash a true actor in the art industry.

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Street Connoisseur, "Life Is Beautiful", Mr. Brainwash

Street Connoisseur, "Life Is Beautiful"

Mr. Brainwash

Print - 50 x 45 x 0.1 cm

€1,900

Silver Beagle (1) (1), Mr. Brainwash

Silver Beagle (1) (1)

Mr. Brainwash

Sculpture - 90.2 x 77.5 x 62.2 cm

€57,208

Giant Balloon Heart (1), Mr. Brainwash

Giant Balloon Heart (1)

Mr. Brainwash

Sculpture - 175.3 x 132.1 x 55.9 cm

€157,816

Never, Never Give Up - Life is Beautiful, Mr. Brainwash

Never, Never Give Up - Life is Beautiful

Mr. Brainwash

Painting - 76.2 x 55.9 cm

€12,500

Einstein - Never Give Up - Life is Beautiful (1), Mr. Brainwash

Einstein - Never Give Up - Life is Beautiful (1)

Mr. Brainwash

Painting - 76.2 x 55.9 cm

€12,500 €11,250

Caught Red Handed - Little Girl - Never Give Up, Mr. Brainwash

Caught Red Handed - Little Girl - Never Give Up

Mr. Brainwash

Painting - 76.2 x 55.9 cm

€12,500 €11,250

Balloon Girl - Life is Beautiful, Mr. Brainwash

Balloon Girl - Life is Beautiful

Mr. Brainwash

Painting - 55.9 x 55.9 cm

€11,000

Balloon Girl - Love is the Answer - Life is Beautiful Show - Exhibition, Mr. Brainwash

Balloon Girl - Love is the Answer - Life is Beautiful Show - Exhibition

Mr. Brainwash

Painting - 76.2 x 55.9 cm

€12,500 €11,250

Everyday Life - Banksy Monkey  - Life is Beautiful - Follow Your Dreams, Mr. Brainwash

Everyday Life - Banksy Monkey - Life is Beautiful - Follow Your Dreams

Mr. Brainwash

Painting - 76.2 x 55.9 cm

€12,500

Flowarh$ - II (A) - Flowers - Les fleurs - Fleur, Mr. Brainwash

Flowarh$ - II (A) - Flowers - Les fleurs - Fleur

Mr. Brainwash

Print - 91.4 x 91.4 cm

€4,800

Street Connoisseur - Keep it Real - Pink, Mr. Brainwash

Street Connoisseur - Keep it Real - Pink

Mr. Brainwash

Painting - 50.8 x 40.6 x 0.6 cm

€11,343

Banksy Thrower - Never Give Up., Mr. Brainwash

Banksy Thrower - Never Give Up.

Mr. Brainwash

Painting - 91.4 x 91.4 cm

€22,500 €20,250

President's Day - Bandana, Mr. Brainwash

President's Day - Bandana

Mr. Brainwash

Print - 55.88 x 45.72 x 0.2 cm

€2,100 €1,995

Hollywood - (Life is Beautiful - Follow your Dreams), Mr. Brainwash

Hollywood - (Life is Beautiful - Follow your Dreams)

Mr. Brainwash

Print - 55.9 x 76.2 x 0.1 cm

€2,800

Life Is Beautiful Splash Blue, Mr. Brainwash

Life Is Beautiful Splash Blue

Mr. Brainwash

Sculpture - 14 x 22 x 4 cm

€2,700 €2,430

Life is Beautiful Multicolor, Mr. Brainwash

Life is Beautiful Multicolor

Mr. Brainwash

Sculpture - 14 x 22 x 4 cm

€2,700

Life is Beautiful Splash Black, Mr. Brainwash

Life is Beautiful Splash Black

Mr. Brainwash

Sculpture - 14 x 22 x 4 cm

€2,700 €2,430

Flowarh$ (II) Portfolio of 6 Prints, Mr. Brainwash

Flowarh$ (II) Portfolio of 6 Prints

Mr. Brainwash

Print - 91.4 x 91.4 cm

€24,000

Life Is Beautiful Splash Red, Mr. Brainwash

Life Is Beautiful Splash Red

Mr. Brainwash

Sculpture - 14 x 22 x 4 cm

€2,700 €2,430

Life Is Beautiful Splash Pink, Mr. Brainwash

Life Is Beautiful Splash Pink

Mr. Brainwash

Sculpture - 14 x 22 x 4 cm

€2,700

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Who is the artist?

Mr. Brainwash, the pseudonym for Thierry Guetta was born near Paris, in Sarcelles in 1966. At the age of 15, he moved to Los Angeles with his father, brothers, and sisters after their mother passed away. A video maker and pop art artist, his works are mostly in stencil or graffiti.

He took lessons at Fairfax High school for about a year but dropped out of high school to organize Hollywood events. He began selling vintage clothes in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.

He had a ticking in 1999 for street art, during a trip to France to visit his cousin, Space Invader, a Parisian street artist. Thierry Guetta has a passion for video and therefore began filming all the breaks, accompanied by other street artists, like Shepard Fairey or Wevs. At this moment, the videos weren't meant to be seen. He began graffiti and became Mr. Brainwash. His universe is made up of Banksy's stencils and images of Andy Warhol.

In 2009, he met the British artist Banksy and helps him launch his exhibition: Barely Legal in Los Angeles, this event attracted celebrities and art dealers. The two artists decided to realize a documentary on the world of street artists, which was a mystery up till now. The images which were shot before were then shown along with Invader, Banksy, and Mr. Brainwash.

Due to this collaboration, the doc-fiction “Exit Through the Gift Shop" (ou Faites le Mur !) was born, nominated for an Oscar, presented in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival. The film presents the meteoric rise of Mr. Brainwash on the street art scene, and his works being sold for phenomenal sums, like his Jim Morrison portrait sold for 100 000 $ or Charlie Chaplin for 50 000 $. After the movie's success, Mr. Brainwash's work becomes much more popular.

But the story can be seen the other way around. It was shown that Mr. Brainwash isn't a fictitious character, he did put together the movie. The fiction caught up with reality, making Mr. Brainwash a true actor in the art industry.

What is Mr. Brainwash’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Pop Culture Street Artists, Satirical street artists

When was Mr. Brainwash born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1966