The artist turns famous paintings into optical illusions

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Julio Anaya Cabanding copies famous paintings and “hangs” them on the walls of houses.

Julio Anaya Cabanding, an artist from Malaga, paints copies of famous paintings in the most unsightly places. As a canvas, he uses graffiti painted on the walls, old houses, and piles of stones by the sea. Adding a realistically painted frame, Julio manages to create an optical illusion: it seems from afar that the viewer is a real picture from the museum. The artist creates a contrast between the immaculately clean museum halls where the originals are exhibited and the abandoned locations where he places copies of them.

“I am interested in the dialogue that is established between the representation of the painting and its surroundings. The abandoned and impassable space becomes an exhibition space, an inappropriate place to welcome and exhibit these valuable objects,” the artist shares in his interview.

While still receiving a classical art education at the University of Malaga, Julio became interested in optical illusions and the ability to draw on non-traditional media. The graffiti friend inspired him to use the walls as a canvas.

Julio creates his works in two stages: first he makes a sketch with spray paint, then carefully paints the details with acrylics. The pictures are so realistic that the author was even accused of a photomontage.


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