Have you heard of a man painting banks on fire? His name is Alex Schaefer, and he is not a big fan of the financial system. He’s an anti-establishment, anti-financial-system painter who has gained fame (or infamy?) online for his fiery depictions of banks. He says he paints banks on fire because he believes that the money is bullshit. Schaefer says that the current monetary system is distorted and corrupt, and that it affects everything from culture to politics. He wants to expose the truth and spark a conversation about the role of money in society.
Schaefer’s artworks have also gained the attention of the police, who have questioned him on several occasions about his intentions and motivations, but Schaefer says he has nothing to hide. He says he is not a violent person, and that his paintings are not threats, but expressions of his views that resonate with many people who feel disillusioned and frustrated with the status quo. His paintings have gone viral on the internet, and he has sold some of them for thousands of dollars (kinda ironic, isn’t it?), and he plans to continue painting banks on fire until he runs out of banks or paint.
Schaefer is not afraid of controversy or criticism. He says he is just doing what he loves and what he believes in and hopes that his paintings will inspire people to think critically and creatively about the world they live in. “I just want to make people aware of what’s going on,” he says. “And maybe, just maybe, make them question their assumptions and beliefs.” Scroll down to see some of his paintings and let us know your opinion about Schaefer’s art in the comments!