Artist Uses Graffiti to Bring Fine Art Paintings from Museums to the Streets

Famous Paintings Street Art by Julio Anaya Cabanding

Inspired by the work of old masters, Madrid-based street artist Julio Anaya Cabanding frees famous paintings from museum walls and brings them to the urban environment. But Cabanding is not an art thief—he’s actually just a very talented artist. Using graffitied city walls and deteriorating buildings as his canvas, he recreates iconic paintings with uncanny detail, ornate frames, and clever shadows.

Cabanding’s work gives the classic paintings new meaning and allows viewers to experience it in an unusual setting. “The result is not only a painting that pretends to be a painting and a relationship with an environment,” says Cabanding. “It is also the action of taking the picture of the museum, stealing the image… and the sacrum of the institution to put it in another place, in a place where it is never seen or seen in a different way.”

One of Claude Monet’s waterlily paintings appears to hang alone on an old rusted wall, and Rembrandt's Self-Portrait hangs inside an abandoned home in Malaga, Spain. Even Girl with a Pearl Earring has been displaced—Cabanding’s rendition of the famous Vermeer masterpiece is displayed on an undisclosed, spray-painted wall in Germany.

To keep up with Cabanding’s painterly street art, you can follow him on Instagram.

Street artist Julio Anaya Cabanding frees famous paintings from museum walls and brings them to the urban environment.

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Using city graffitied city walls as his canvas, he recreates iconic paintings with uncanny detail.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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