Thierry Guetta, best known by his moniker Mr. Brainwash, is a French-born, Los Angeles-based street artist. According to the 2010 Banksy-directed film Exit Through the Gift Shop, Guetta was a governor of a used clothing store, and amateur videographer who was first introduced to street art by his cousin, the street artiste Invader, and who filmed street artists through the 2000s and became an artist in his own right in a event of weeks after an off-hand information from Banksy.
A number of critics[who?] have observed that his works strongly emulate the styles and concepts of Banksy, and have speculated that Guetta is an exaggerate prank staged by Banksy, who may have created the works himself. Banksy insists on his official website, however, that Exit Through the Gift Shop is authenticated and that Guetta is not allowance of a prank.
His feint sold for five-figure sums at his self-financed debut exhibit Life Is Beautiful, due, it is thought,[who?] to a fusion of an overheated and hyped street art promote and his endorsements from Banksy and Fairey. The exhibit was held in Los Angeles, California, on June 18, 2008, and was a popular success. In 2009, Madonna paid Guetta to design the lid art for her Celebration album.
In October 2013, Guetta took allowance in Art Wars at the Saatchi Gallery curated by Ben Moore. Guetta was issued considering a stormtrooper helmet, which he transformed into a pretense of art. Proceeds went to the Missing Tom Fund set going on by Ben Moore to locate his brother Tom who has been missing for beyond ten years. The accomplish was as well as shown upon the Regents Park platform as part of Art Below Regents Park.