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Mr Brainwash

Artist Bio


Born in 1966 in Garges-les-Gonesse, France, Thierry Guetta, professionally known as Mr. Brainwash, moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was 15 after his mother passed away. Guetta owned a vintage clothing store in Los Angeles and occupied himself as an amateur videographer. He was constantly filming his life and those around him, amassing hours of footage.

While visiting Paris, he came upon the secret identity of his cousin – street artist Space Invader. During the remainder of the visit, Guetta followed Invader around and filmed him creating his street art. He quickly became fascinated with the clandestine art process and sought another subject when he returned to the States.

This led him to Shepard Fairey and then Banksy, famous street artists now known around the world. Guetta followed and filmed them for months, which eventually led to the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. From there, Mr. Brainwash made a name for himself in the street art world.

Mr. Brainwash’s art is a combination of pop imagery and contemporary cultural icons, leading to a pop graffiti street art aesthetic. Mr. Brainwash currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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