Banksy is currently 21 days into his New York “residency” and the work has been pretty great so far. On day 18 he chose to create a collaboration with Brazilian twins Os Gemeos, and funny enough I think they’ve absolutely out-shined him.
I would describe Banksy’s work as clever and iconic. When you juxtapose it next to that of artists like Os Gemeos, who don’t solely rely upon stencils or props, his work seems pretty boring. I mean, it’s hard for anyone to get near the level of beauty that you find in an Os Gemeos. The art that pours from their spray cans is filled with character and emotion, and the colors and patterns they create are phenomenal. The image at top really says it all, that the work Banksy produced looks sad and awkward amongst a menagerie of Valentine-colored characters. Yet a Banksy is probably worth 10x as much as an Os Gemeos.