Artist Recreates Iconic Paintings Then Hides Them In Abandoned Locations Making For A Stunning Contrast

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

Spanish artist Julio Anaya Cabanding has a deft hand, and he enjoys putting it to good use. Cabanding recreates famous works of art and hangs the paintings in abandoned places: inside dilapidated buildings, layered over graffiti, and so on. Though his recreations - of paintings by Monet, Vermeer, and others - look framed, Cabanding's detailed process is entirely two-dimensional. By layering colors and shades, he's able to create the illusion of frames. This, juxtaposed by the grittiness of abandoned environments, makes his work a feast for the eyes. Keep scrolling to learn more about his process, and to see some of his edgiest displays: 

(Courtesy: Julio Anaya Cabanding)

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Cabanding paints adjacent to a photo of the actual painting to ensure accuracy. Cabanding uses acrylic paint, and often mixes his own colors to make sure his replica is on par with the original.

(Courtesy: Julio Anaya Cabanding)

First, he sketches an outline, and then he fills it all in. He's truly a master of recreations. 

(Courtesy: Julio Anaya Cabanding)

You can barely tell which one is real and which is a replica. Here, Cabanding recreates "Head of Study" by Fernando Labrada Martin. Look closely at his sketch - you can see the frame is included. And the finished products are stunning.

(Courtesy: Julio Anaya Cabanding)

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This is a replica of "A Maid Asleep" by Johannes Vermeer. The original hangs in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and was painted around 1656.

(Courtesy: Julio Anaya Cabanding)

Cabanding often hangs his replicas in places that match the vibe of the painting. The blue sky of Cabanding's Monet replica is intensified by the blue wall on which it hangs. The stark contrast between "high" art and "lowly" places is exactly what Cabanding is going for. Sometimes, Cabanding hangs his replicas indoors and other times, the outdoors. His mission is to remove artwork from "cold" museum settings in order to help us look at it in a different way. So far, he seems to be successful.