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Goldie may have just outed Banksy as Massive Attack Member 3D (Robert Del Naja)

Has the mystery artist's identity been revealed?

Alessandra Maldonado
June 23, 2017 8:22PM (UTC)

Banksy's anonymity has long characterized his career, making him an enigma of the street-art scene. But his ability to remain a faceless artist might have just been destroyed, thanks to former the graffiti artist and longtime DJ and recording artist, Goldie.

As the Metro reports, during a Distraction Pieces podcast released earlier this week, Goldie accidentally referred to Banksy as "Robert" while discussing the worldwide influence of his art. "Give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write ‘Banksy’ on it and we’re sorted. We can sell it now," he said. "No disrespect to Robert, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over." A long, awkward silence follows the DJ's slip-up, as he then tried to switch to a new topic.


The man Goldie refers to is believed to be Robert Del Naja, better known as 3D from the trip-hop group Massive Attack. This isn't the first time Del Naja has been forwarded as Banksy. In a January 2016 blog post, journalism graduate student Craig Williams provides convincing evidence to back his theory up (Williams ultimately comes to the conclusion that Banksy is a group in which Del Naja is a key member.)

Del Naja has previously denied being Banksy, telling a crowd in Bristol, "We are all Banksy."

Banksy's latest piece appeared on May 7 in Dover, England following official talks over Britain's exit from the European Union. The Brexit themed artwork, confirmed to be a Banksy original by his representatives, shows a man chipping away at a star on the European flag. It is his most recent installation since his 2016 piece criticizing the use of tear gas at the refugee camp in Calais, France.

Alessandra Maldonado

Alessandra Maldonado is an editorial intern at Salon. You can find her on Twitter at @alessamberr

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