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Picasso vandal surrenders after months on run

Published on Jan 10, 2013 6:20 AM
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This undated photo courtesy of Hildago County Jail shows suspect Uriel Landros. The young man who vandalized a Pablo Picasso painting on display in a Texas gallery has turned himself in after months on the run in Mexico, his lawyer said January 9, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

CHICAGO (AFP) - A young man who vandalised a Pablo Picasso painting on display in a Texas gallery has turned himself in after months on the run in Mexico, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Uriel Landros, 22, took credit for spray-painting a stencil of a bullfight and the word 'conquista' - a reference to Spanish colonialists - on the work in videos posted on YouTube shortly after the June 13 incident.

The first - purportedly shot by a bystander at the Menil Collection in Houston - showed a man in a dark suit stepping up to Picasso's Cubist masterpiece Woman in a Red Arm Chair, quickly spray-painting it and then rushing away. The video notes identify Landros by name. Landros appears shirtless and in shadow in a second video, in which he explains that he did not intend to destroy the painting, but was instead making an artistic and political statement.

"I am sorry for insulting anybody who misunderstood my message," he said. "I did this to turn heads, to raise awareness to the world... we as a society have become nothing but a corrupt, war making, murdering, raping society." The painting, reportedly worth millions, was fully restored.

 
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