Man accused of vandalizing Picasso painting at Menil Collection honored at Houston art show

October 27, 2012 5:54:48 AM PDT
A man who is a wanted criminal in our area is actually being honored at a Houston art gallery.

He's accused of defacing a Picasso and charged with felony graffiti and felony criminal mischief. But the self-described "fugitive" is hosting an art show of his own.

It's a stenciling job that made an impression.

"I just don't think that he's a respectful person to me," art spectator Marisa Alford said.

Uriel Landeros, 22, is the man in the YouTube video spray-painting the word "conquista" across Picasso's 1929 "Woman in a Red Armchair" at Houston's Menil Collection.

Now, gallery owner James Perez is hosting an exhibit of Landeros' work in his honor.

"So basically his art form is taking somebody else's artwork and then doing whatever he wants with it," Perez said.

Love him or hate him, Landeros is out to make a statement.

"Isn't part of the problem getting your name out there? This has certainly done it," Landeros support Henry Irwin said.

But from where? Few know. With uniformed officers on guard, the wanted felon made a cameo -- not in person, but rather on Skype, he says, from Mexico.

"It doesn't matter if I turn myself in or not," he said on Skype video. "I believe that I'm not going to stop fighting for my cause. My plans -- I haven't decided what I'm going to do."

The Menil Collection didn't have comment on Friday night's show. A spokesperson says their Picasso is in the process of being restored.


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