Spanish artist replicates iconic masterpieces on the streets of Europe

Former Malaga University of Fine Arts student Julio Anaya Cabanding is using his talent to add life to derelict buildings and forgotten places by painting replicas of the “Old Masters”.

Copies of famous works by Vermeer, Rembrandt and Lucian Freud now adorn neglected places complete with lifelike trompe l’oeil gilded frames.

While talking about his art, the 23-year-old said: “I like the idea of ‘stealing’ a painting and putting it in another place, a desolate place that you never relate to it because it does not belong to that world.”

“I like to create that conflict. I usually visit these places with a friend who paints graffiti. I am a studio artist and I do not know many places; it was my friend who one day said to me: ‘Hey, let’s paint the street.’ And I said, ‘Ok!”

In order to replicate the “Old Masters” as closely as possible Julio mixes his own acrylic paints.

He went on to say: “Until recently I had a studio at the university, but I do not need it anymore; my studio is now the street, it is the place I paint at that moment.”

To find out more about Julio’s art and where you can see it, visit www.


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