The mysterious graffiti artist Banksy, the most famous one in the world, has drawn the attention of people all over the world with his artwork in the streets of countless cities. Sometimes subversive and ironic, sometimes comical, but always fresh and original, Banksys art delivered once again with a visually stunning mural painting on a wall on West Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. The piece features a close-up profile of the pretty face of a woman of color with light brown skin, sleeked back black hair, shiny earrings, and a bright rose-colored flower in her hair. Her eyes are shut, and she appears to be singing or yelling with big, bold black letters in all caps written next to her face: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.
The meaning of the piece is unclear. It is worth noting that there appear to be bars on the wall covering a window between the woman’s face and the lettering, which call jail bars to mind, but perhaps the simple message next to the woman’s face says it all.