Picasso Vandal Defends His Actions

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 11:29am

Artist, now in hiding, says he defaced famous painting to "create awareness" of suffering.

In June, a man walked into the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, right up to a priceless Picasso painting and vandalized it with spray paint.

It was caught on cellphone video.

For the last five months, the man who committed that crime has been on the run.

After defacing the 1929 Picasso painting, Uriel Landeros vanished and has remained silent until his exclusive interview with NBC affiliate KPRC.

Landeros said he's not apologetic for spray painting a stenciled image of a bull, a matador, and the Spanish word "CONQUISTA," which means conquest, onto Picasso's "Woman in a Red Armchair."

"(Expletive) his painting. It's just a piece of cloth. What matters most is the people who are suffering," Landeros said.

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