Picasso Defaced: Evidence Builds Against Alleged Menil Collection Vandal

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Landeros's Facebook wall as of Tuesday afternoon.
Though the Houston Police Department tells Art Attack that its investigation is ongoing as of Tuesday afternoon, Uriel Hernandez Landeros seems to make it clear on social media that he's the one responsible for defacing a Pablo Picasso painting at the Menil Collection.

He even has some supporters of his alleged act.

On June 13, a man outfitted in a hoodie entered the gallery containing Picasso's Woman in a Red Armchair and spray-painted a bullfighter killing a bull and the word "Conquista" onto the 1932 oil on canvas.

A witness, who appears to be Landeros's pal, documented the event on a cell-phone camera.

On June 14, Joshua Gonzalez Salinas posted a link to the video with the caption "FRESH POLITICAL REVOLUTIONARY ART" on the Facebook event page for "Thee Anunnakis: Now Coming." The group art show showcased artwork by Landeros at 2500 Summer Street, Studio 4B, on June 16.

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As the Press's Jeff Balke previously reported, Landeros boasted of his act on his Facebook wall.

On Tuesday afternoon, Landeros's friend James Perez posted the following comment to Landeros's still-public Facebook wall: "Finally a [sic] artist with some balls!!!! Congrats"

Additionally, in a Tweet dated March 29, Landeros has something to say about the late Cubist master.

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According to court records, Landeros, who lists Edinburg, Texas as his residence, was arrested on March 9, 2008 by Hidalgo County law enforcement for carrying less than two ounces of marijuana. Landeros, who turned 22 on Sunday, pleaded guilty to the Class B misdemeanor in exchange for probation.

As far as a potential punishment for the alleged Menil Collection vandal, Donna Hawkins, assistant District Attorney at the Harris County District Attorney's Office, tells Art Attack that the perpetrator could be faced with some stiff charges.

"If the painting could not be restored, the charge would be a criminal mischief over $200,000 -- a first degree felony," says Hawkins. "The range of punishment for the defendant would be five to years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine."

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Kenneth Nelson
Kenneth Nelson

Let this be a lesson to all the other Banksy fans out there. It doesn't work if you let people know who you are.

Rosasnancy
Rosasnancy

Ugh, I'm so ashamed this had to happen in Houston.

Kenneth Nelson
Kenneth Nelson

Put him in the pokey. This gloating self-aggrandizing piece of shit needs to be put somewhere crayons aren't even allowed.

Kpat
Kpat

he and his pal need jail time!  

Matt
Matt

what a dummy... Anyway heard on the radio they managed to restore the painting so that's good news. Dude definitely deserves some time in the shade; although I can't believe life in prison is actually a possibility for this crime, that's a little over the top.

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Dizzy_2_ill
Dizzy_2_ill

DOUCHE!!! Fkn idiot!!! Simple minded ignorant prick!

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