Picasso ‘vandal’ surrenders

A MAN accused of vandalising a Picasso painting, an act caught last June on a mobile phone video, has surrendered to authorities at the US-Mexico border.

Report by BBC

Uriel Landeros (22) was charged with felony graffiti and criminal mischief for spray painting the artwork.

“I don’t regret anything that I’ve done,” Landeros told KPRC-TV of Houston in an interview.

A recording of the act of vandalism was later posted on YouTube.

It has since been suggested the Houston resident and the person filming the act of vandalism were in cahoots.

The video is understood to show Landeros stencilling an image of a bullfighter, a bull and the word conquista –– the Spanish word for conquest –– on Picasso’s 1932 work Woman in a Red Armchair.

Landeros fled to Mexico afterwards and might have been there since June, his attorney said on Tuesday.

In November Landeros, in an interview, said the vandalism was an act of social and political defiance.

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