A man identifying himself as "an up-and-coming Mexican-American artist" has taken credit for a daylight defacing of Pablo Picasso's "Woman in a Red Armchair."
Uriel Landeros is said to be responsible for stenciling a matador slaying a bull and the word "Conquista" on the 1929 Picasso painting that is currently hanging in Houston's Menil Collection.
The entire brazen endeavor was caught on camera by a suspected conspirator and uploaded to YouTube. The video's description names Landerous as the perp. Speaking with KPRC, an eyewitness said the vandal told him he was paying tribute to Picasso's work.
Luckily, Menil's chief conservator Brad Epley was able to repair the painting before any serious damage could be done. "The most important thing is to get the painting to full health, which is happening," Collection spokesman Vance Muse told FOX 26. "All the spray paint has been removed. It is in the right hospital. The painting now needs to rest."
No arrests have been made as of yet, but Landeros appears to be hiding in plain sight, bragging about his "accomplishment" on Facebook.
[video via YouTube]