The Art of Banksy offers a rare close-up of the elusive artist

The Art of Banksy exhibition showcases an extraordinary collection of no less than 80 original pieces by one of the most intriguing and talked-about artists in modern history.

Kicking off from 5 January until 6 February at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, New Zealanders can check out this international exhibition that’s already visited Melbourne, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Tel Aviv and more.

The exhibition, curated by the artist’s former manager Steve Lazarides, displays the largest collection of Banksy’s works, including the famous painting of the girl with the red balloon, known as “Girl and Balloon”, the controversial work “Laugh Now” – a famous graffiti piece that depicts a monkey with a sign hanging from his neck with the words: “Laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge.”

This prestigious exhibition of originals (all privately owned by collectors) offers a rare perspective for New Zealanders on Banksy’s world – an artist who refrains from revealing his identity and does not appear in public. He’s a painter, graffiti artist and social activist, considered one of the world’s top political graffiti artists.

Banksy’s satirical art and his subversive messages, which integrate cynical dark humour, are done using his unique stencil technique. His various works, which aside from paintings also include sculptures and special displays, have been displayed on city walls, bridges and streets throughout the world.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see this world-renowned exhibition; tickets are available from Ticketmaster here.