Mr Brainwash, born Thierry Guetta on 31 January 1966 in France, is a street artist and filmmaker known for his influential role in contemporary pop art.
He moved to Los Angeles, where he started filming street performers and eventually became an artist himself. His work, heavily influenced by pop culture and street art, is both playful and provocative.
He became famous for Banksy's documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop", which led to speculation about his authenticity as an artist.
His collaborations with celebrities like Madonna and Michael Jackson and his striking artworks have earned him a prominent place in the art world.
Mr Brainwash has held several high-profile art exhibitions, including 'Life is Beautiful' in Los Angeles, 'Icons' in New York City and 'Mr Brainwash Does New Orleans' in New Orleans. These exhibitions have presented his artworks to a wider audience and attracted much attention in the art world.
SPECULATIONS AND THEORIES
There have been speculations that the film and Mr Brainwash's story are a hoax concocted by Banksy and Shepard Fairey. It has been suggested that Fairey and Banksy artificially boosted sales of Mr Brainwash's work.
There is evidence that details of Thierry Guetta's life match public records and testimonies from friends and business associates. Guetta himself acknowledges that his artistic alter ego is largely a Banksy creation, and he considers himself Banksy's greatest work of art.
However, it is impossible to prove whether his latest incarnation, Mr Brainwash, is genuine. The film suggests that Guetta's artistic alter ego is largely a creation of Banksy, an idea Guetta does not refute. Guetta told the newspaper, "In the end, I became [Banksy's] greatest work of art.