Houston Art Vandal, Uriel Landeros, Planning an Art Show: Milking Every Last Drop of Fame from Vandalism

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Just because I look hard doesn't mean I don't vandalize for the little guy.
Yesterday, the Houston art vandal, Uriel Landeros, who scrawled "conquista" across a Picasso painting several months ago for everyone "who has suffered any injustice of any kind," said on Facebook, "I don't back out. Others do."

Thanks, Uriel. Because where would the world's disenfranchised be without your noble vandalism?

We've seen this inanity out of Landeros before. He's already made it abundantly clear that he's against bad things -- whatever those bad things are -- and he'll prove it by vandalizing art. So, there. But for now, at least, he's done talking about the vandalism. We've arrived at Chapter 2. It's time to talk about Uriel The Artist.

Um, yay?

Landeros, who's absconded to Mexico along with a local gallery owner named James Perez, is planning a showing of Landeros's paintings at Perez's studio on October 26 to get out Landeros's message. Though everyone's still a little unclear what that message is. But lay off the guy, said Perez, who's managing the Facebook invite list. All of his work is for "the underdog."

But how does vandalizing Picasso help the underdog? we asked.

"No one has any idea what his cause is," Perez said, getting a little testy. "I don't give a shit! I don't give a fuck! He wants to represent the underdog. It's hard to know what it's about, and that's why he comes off as an idiot."

Landeros has given Perez permission to sell four of his paintings, and Perez expressed confidence that demand -- and prices -- will be high. But he's not in it for the money, Perez said. All of the cash is going toward defending Landeros against the two felony charges against him. Landeros faces ten years in prison if convicted.

Perez perhaps should be a little concerned about the money, though. As of Friday, his gallery at 1045 Studewood owes nearly $1,000 in unpaid property taxes, according to Harris County property records.

During our conversation with Perez, it was unclear whether he was merely trying to raise his stature through Landeros's buffoonery. Perez said he isn't. He said he actually believes in the 22-year-old's art, which he compared to Picasso on the Facebook event page, titled "Uriel Landeros 'Houston we have a problem.' "

But Perez does concede that the vandalism did catapult Landeros into notoriety, calling it "genius marketing." He continued: "It was all like, 'Look at me, motherfucker.' Then, bam! He went straight through the roof. I commend him for it."

Well, at least someone does.


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38 comments
KatieCanada
KatieCanada

The answer is simple: Natural Justice. I would do it myself but I am in Canada -  BEGGING all you in Houston to show up tonight in force and spray black spraypaint all over his "art". Slash, whatever - see how well the "Windex" cleans it up (that's what he suggested would fix what he did to Picasso's!). He shouldn't have a problem with it afterall - if he does, then it flies in the face of his "defence" for HIS OWN actions. DO IT. DO - IT!!

Javier Gomez
Javier Gomez

The only prints that will be hanging in our homes will be rolls of face print toilet paper, shit smeared prints of "Jou."

Wishbone
Wishbone

RAP GAME THEY GONE LIKE YOU WITH NO SHIRT ON IN PRISON.

 

Wishbone
Wishbone

RAP GAME BENT UP NOSE OFF IN THIS BITCH.

Wishbone
Wishbone

RAP GAME I WOULD PUNCH THIS CHUMP ALL OFF IN HIS FACE.

Wishbone
Wishbone

WE BEEN HAD T SHIRTS. DO I GOT TO SHOW YOU?

 

 

Wishbone
Wishbone

RAP GAME LAWRENCE MARSHALL

Wishbone
Wishbone

RAP GAME CHESTER COPPERFIELD

Uriel Landeros
Uriel Landeros

5 years from now, everybody gonna have a Uriel Landeros print hanging in there home, ese. Jou gonna look so stupid for what jou said here.

NewRider Ivan
NewRider Ivan

I gotta agree with Tha Artist on this one. First HP puts those "remuv hate" idiot/s on here and now this loser. Sorry brah, your mom is wrong, you're not special and coloring outside the lines on your coloring book, doesn't make you unique, or an artist. Makes you retarded.

jd_bauer
jd_bauer

Way to give a worthless douche bag free press , guess that make you even a bigger douch ,TRUE DAT HOMIE

Javier Gomez
Javier Gomez

Who knows what else this talentless thug wannabe has vandalized, hope he gets 10 years in the slammer.

Kevin Abate
Kevin Abate

he's like best friends with kanye. they hold hands when they cross the street.

rgtz
rgtz

Someone please show up and stencil his shitty "art."

David Means
David Means

I think I'm going to vandalize some of Nicky Davis' art and perhaps some of Dual Ism's too just to make myself famous and take 'hard' looking pictures of myself. Yeah.

xyzzz
xyzzz

Yes, everyone please go and throw some paint on his art -for the underdog, of course.

Tha Artist
Tha Artist

HP should feature artists that really deserve it...enough said.

Melia Hughes
Melia Hughes

Talentless, self-important, felonious douche. Let his 15 minutes end now, please.

Charles Morehead II
Charles Morehead II

By running this story all you are doing is giving this idiot (putting it nicely) 15 more minutes. I don't think he deserves even that.

Dustin Kalman
Dustin Kalman

Please don't support this "artist" or this gallery. I wonder what the other tenants at Summer Street Studios (where the event is taking place according to the Facebook event) think about this show. 

H_e_x
H_e_x

So where exactly is the show? The event page says it's at 2500 summer St Houston TX 77007. I would love to show up to......ask some questions, yeah, just ask some nice, friendly questions.

qwertyasher
qwertyasher

Terrence McCoy writing about Uriel Landeros.  I suppose "Takes one to know one" applies pretty well when you're writing about worthless hacks that act like they're edgy.

pablis2010
pablis2010

@HoustonPress WTF! Why is he getting so much attention, I think that's what he wanted in the first place...don't give it to him.

PhilB
PhilB

Can we vandalize his art during the show?

marksthespot33
marksthespot33

"It's hard to know what it's about, and that's why he comes off as an idiot." Correction, Perez, he comes off as an idiot because he IS an idiot. I guess that makes you the little idiots bootlicking toady.

MJ713
MJ713

Fuck Uriel Landeros.  Fuck him in his stupid ass.

jd_bauer
jd_bauer

 @rgtz

 I would not waste my piss on his bullshit that he calls "art" or even the douche himself

cozmodiva
cozmodiva

@pablis2010 It's a bad PR stunt! @HoustonPress

jnodler1
jnodler1

 @marksthespot33 It's hard to know what Picasso's about too but "nobody ever called Pablo Picasso an asshole."

marksthespot33
marksthespot33

@jnodler1 Hahaha, I'm sure you're correct Jason...with the possible exception of some of the women in his life. But then again, that wouldn't be because he was a hack who defaced a great artist's work.

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