Born 1966 – France
Mr. Brainwash is French street artist and videographer Thierry Guetta, known for his large-scale installations and prints of celebrities like Madonna, Kate Moss, and Marilyn Monroe.
Mr. Brainwash’s practice of subverting cultural iconography and appropriation borrows from Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Banksy. Fellow street artist Alec Monopoly has said that he considers Mr. Brainwash a mentor. He is perhaps best known for his role in Banksy’s documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, which features Mr. Brainwash’s rise to success in the street art scene.
“Banksy captured me becoming an artist,” Mr. Brainwash has said. “In the end, I became his biggest work of art.”
Born Thierry Guetta in 1966 in Garges-lès-Gonesse, France, he moved to Los Angeles when he was 15. His interest in street art was spurred by a visit to France in 1999, where he learned that his cousin was the famed graffiti artist Space Invader. Having developed a knack for filming, Mr. Brainwash started to record the nightly escapades of Invader and other street artists, such as Shepard Fairey.
The artist currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.