Malaga’s “Banksy” is replicating Masterpieces on the streets of Europe

Malaga artist, 23-year-old Julio Anaya Cabanding has captured the public’s attention with his street art that depicts stunning replicas of some of the world’s most iconic paintings.

Johannes Vermeer ‘s Girl with a Pearl Earring

After sourcing derelict building or neglected spaces the former Malaga University of Fine Arts pupil replicates paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Lucian Freud complete with their trompe l’oeil gilded frames.

While speaking about his street art Julio said: “I like the idea of ‘stealing’ a painting and putting it in another place, a desolate place that you never relate to it because it does not belong to that world.”

“I like to create that conflict. I usually visit these places with a friend who paints graffiti. I am a studio artist and I do not know many places; it was my friend who one day said to me: ‘Hey, let’s paint the street.’ And I said, ‘Ok!’”

Having taken his talent to the streets of not just Malaga but other parts of Spain and Europe the young artist mixes his own acrylic paint in order to be as close to the original painting as possible.

He added: “Until recently I had a studio at the university, but I do not need it anymore; my studio is now the street, it is the place I paint at that moment.”

If you would like to know more about Julio and where you can see his art, visit,

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