Banksy and Street Art in Nepali Context


  • Hema Keyal Tongji University School of Liberal Art



Banksy, Street Art, Graffiti Art, and Nepali Art.


Street art in Nepal was initially inspired by profusion of political graffiti and not concerned with artistic sense. In recent time, gradually, street art in Nepal are also being created for the sense of aesthetic pleasure. Artist in Nepal are striving to incorporate new styles into their artwork to make it artistically attractive and unique. Foreign artist visit to Nepal, owing to absence of legislation against public painting, further intensifies entrance of western style into the Nepali art. Influence of Banksy has been no exception. Banksy is an artist of social consciousness who has special message to deliver to the large public. Nepali artists have learned, from Banksy’s art, to use art as a creative expression to comment against the deep rooted social issues including government policies, religious conflicts, gender inequalities, economic disparities, etc. Artists have also used his technique, satirical way of presenting the message, powerful tags along with imagery etc. to make their artwork appealing to the public. However, while most artists acknowledged being influenced by Banksy, they emphasized it was his innovation and creativity rather than the technique that they have incorporated in their artwork. In fact, instead of being identified as a Banksy influence alone, they admit to western influence in general. Indeed, with globalization of street art, artistic knowledge has been exchanged and western touch is evident in Nepali street art. Nevertheless, Nepali artists have ensured to preserve Nepali heritage. Thus, the art today in Nepal is rather, fusion of western and Nepali traditional style.


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