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Harry Styles and Rihanna love her — but London street artist Bambi’s identity remains a closely guarded secret. So is she a pop star with a taste for politics? Or a classically trained painter? As Angelina Jolie becomes the latest A-lister to snap up a piece, Amelia Abraham goes in search of ‘the female Banksy’

Updated: 15:11, 30 July 2015

A mystery package is said to have been delivered to Boris Johnson’s offices this week. It contained Boris’ very own Bambi. Nope, the Mayor of London hasn’t adopted a doe-eyed spirit animal, Bambi is the highly coveted graffiti artist who recently painted a mobile installation of the Mayor as Winston Churchill. Dubbed the ‘female Banksy’ for her stencil designs and secret identity, her pop art-inspired picture is said to have cost Johnson a five-figure sum.
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Bambi is a mystery female street artist. A St. Martin’s Art College graduate, she has been active as a graffiti artist around Islington (London) for the past 5 years or so. Many of her street pieces are still visible at different locations and she has received wide praise for her public murals of figures such as Prince William and Kate Middletonthe Queen, and a full portrait of Amy Winehouse. Perhaps her most famous piece, Bambi’s tribute to the legendary singer in Camden was famously whitewashed and repainted later in a slightly different version with Amy wearing a yellow dress instead of the original red. The mural is now protected by Perspex and considered a metropolitan cultural milestone. Dubbed “The Female Banksy” by TV commentator and presenter David Dimbleby, her approach to street art is unique, blending the classic Stencil & Spray Paint technique with original media like diamond dust and gold leaf. Along with her street pieces, she creates original artworks on Canvas, Metal Plate, Raw Metal and Paper as well as commercial prints. Bringing a feminine touch to the street art scene, her artworks have a colourful and glittery feel that make her pieces appealing to a wider range of other art lovers than just graffiti fans. Speaking of her work in a very rare interview,  the media-shy artist said: “I let my work speak for itself. But dreams can inspire me and I am particularly interested in people who spread love and joy…” Her subjects are often related to events and icons of the modern times like: Agent 007 star Daniel Craig, Usain Bolt, Chinese Artist and Activist Ai Wei-WeiAmy WinehouseRihannaDita Von TeeseDavid Beckham, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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Bambi’s artworks have been collected by many celebrities including Rihanna, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Adele, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen, Harry Styles and Louis Walsh just to name a few, as reported by many sources such as Sky news, Grazia, the Guardian… Kate Moss commissioned her to paint a personal street art portrait in the style of Andy Warhol’s iconic ‘Marilyn’ for a reported sum of £50,000. Bambi had her first official exhibition at Walton Fine Arts Gallery in London (Knightsbridge) last November and she is rapidly becoming a rising star of the British Urban Art scene. Enjoying more and more exposure in both National and International press, Bambi revealed she used to have a prominent career in the music business as singer. There has been speculation over what her real identity might be (M.I.A.? Paloma Faith? Geri Halliwell?) but to this day it still remains a well-kept secret. Mystery Islington Street Artist Bambi recently reportedly expressed anger at a street piece going under the hammer at Rosebery’s auction house in West Norwood, saying that the street piece “is meant to be left on the street for everyone to enjoy. The street is the gallery of the public”. The piece, allegedly by her, was sprayed on a door in Islington (“Top Fashion Accessory 2011”) but was withdrawn from the auction.

After being regularly talked about by the press worldwide and European TV, Bambi made her début on British National TV on Friday the 21st of June 2013 when she was featured on the latest episode of Channel 4’s “Four Rooms” and introduced as the “latest girl on the block” during a contestant’s attempt to sell a Banksy.

In July 2013, Bambi created a new street piece to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday on a front door in Mandela Street (London NW1). The mural’s  tagline reads “It always seems impossible until it’s done”, a famous quote by Mandela himself.

In September, a new Amy Winehouse graffiti appeared on a Camden wall in coincidence with a series of charitable events to raise funds for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, taking place around what would have been the singer’s 30th birthday.

Bambi mentioned in audio recording on Banksy’s website

Bambi was recently once more associated to Banksy, in a recent audio recording taken from Banksy’s website. According to the New York Daily News while talking about Banksy’s latest installation “Better Out Than In” in New York, an American male voice is heard saying: “This fully mobile, diesel-powered landscape is brought to you by the British graffiti artist Bambi,”  The artist known as “Bambi” created the work while reading Keats, the voice says – then corrects itself. “Sorry, I misread that. The artist was completely pissed when he created this and it’s incomplete,” the voice intones. Both street artists’ identity is kept unknown.

The Caribbean queen has commissioned street artist Bambi to paint a giant portrait of her best pal Cara Delevingne.And the party-mad model, 21, is going to have to get used to staring at her own mug, as the Cara-toon will be displayed in her family home in London.An insider told us: “Rihanna wanted to show Cara how important their friendship is to her. It will be a gift for both her and her family.“Bambi came up with the concept, which is inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous image of Debbie Harry, and Rihanna loves it.“She even asked Bambi to do the painting on an old piece of metal, so it looks completely unique and quirky.
“The artwork is yet to be delivered but will go straight to Cara’s family home where it will probably stay.” And naturally the Diamonds diva used her showbiz connections for the commission. Mysterious Bambi is an anonymous female pop star based in London, who keeps her identity a secret when working as an artist.But RiRi, 25, knows her personally and was happy to stump up.The source added: “The painting will cost around five figures but Rihanna doesn’t mind spending that. Cara’s one of her closest allies.”

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