Rising Russian street artist P183 has reportedly died.
The producing company Teatralnoe Delo, which had hired him to create sets for a rock musical, released a statement on April 3 saying the artist passed away on April 1.
It gave no details on the cause of death. The Russian press, however, quoted sources as saying he had either hanged himself or died of poisoning.
Little is known about P183, who is also known as Pasha 183, except that he was 29 and studied “communicative design” at university. His real name is rumored to have been Pavel Pukhov.
The elusive artist carefully preserved his anonymity, working only at night and appearing in his rare media interviews wearing a black balaclava.
His eye-catching graffiti and art installations earned him the nickname of the “Russian Banksy.”
- via RFERL