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Lifestyle: This artist recreates iconic paintings and hides them in abandoned locations, and the contrast is stunning

Spanish artist Julio Anaya Cabanding has a deft hand, and he enjoys putting it to good (and unusual) 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.

Cabanding paints adjacent to a photo of the actual painting to ensure accuracy.

Cabanding paints adjacent to a photo of the actual painting to ensure accuracy.play

Cabanding paints adjacent to a photo of the actual painting to ensure accuracy.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabanding)

Cabanding uses acrylic paint, and often mixes his own colors to make sure his replica is on par with the original.

First he sketches an outline, and then he fills it all in.

First he sketches an outline, and then he fills it all in.play

First he sketches an outline, and then he fills it all in.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabanding)

He's truly a master of recreations: you can barely tell which one is real and which is a replica.

He's truly a master of recreations: you can barely tell which one is real and which is a replica.play

He's truly a master of recreations: you can barely tell which one is real and which is a replica.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabanding)

Here, Cabanding recreates "Head of Study" by Fernando Labrada Martin. Look closely at his sketch — you can see the frame is included.

The finished products are stunning.

The finished products are stunning.play

The finished products are stunning.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabanding)

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.

Cabanding often hangs his replicas in places that match the vibe of the painting.

Cabanding often hangs his replicas in places that match the vibe of the painting.play

Cabanding often hangs his replicas in places that match the vibe of the painting.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabanding)

The blue sky of Cabanding's Monet replica is intensified by the blue wall on which it hangs.

Like this replica of a Jenaro Pérez Villaamil painting, which is enhanced by the dilapidated brick underneath it.

Like this replica of a Jenaro Pérez Villaamil painting, which is enhanced by the dilapidated brick underneath it.play

Like this replica of a Jenaro Pérez Villaamil painting, which is enhanced by the dilapidated brick underneath it.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabanding)

Sometimes, Cabanding hangs his replicas indoors.

play (Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabanding)

Inside a run-down building, on top of black and blue graffiti, you'll notice Cabanding's replica of "The Death of Marat" by Jacques-Louis David, first painted in 1793.

And other times, outdoors.

And other times, outdoors.play

And other times, outdoors.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabanding)

Cabanding sometimes paints on location for inspiration, as evidenced on his Instagram.

Even in the most desolate areas, a Gauguin can be found, all thanks to Cabanding's hard work.

Even in the most desolate areas, a Gauguin can be found, all thanks to Cabanding's hard work.play

Even in the most desolate areas, a Gauguin can be found, all thanks to Cabanding's hard work.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabandang)

The frame on this one looks totally realistic.

The stark contrast between "high" art and "lowly" places is exactly what Cabanding is going for.

The stark contrast between "high" art and "lowly" places is exactly what Cabanding is going for.play

The stark contrast between "high" art and "lowly" places is exactly what Cabanding is going for.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabanding)

His mission is to remove artwork from "cold" museum settings in order to help us look at it in a different way.

His mission is to remove artwork from "cold" museum settings in order to help us look at it in a different way.play

His mission is to remove artwork from "cold" museum settings in order to help us look at it in a different way.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabanding)

This is Cabanding's replica of "Time Defeated by Love, Beauty and Hope," originally by Simon Vouet in 1627.

So far, he's been successful.

So far, he's been successful.play

So far, he's been successful.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabanding)

This recreation of Pere Borrell del Caso's "Huyendo de la crítica" looks like it's jumping out of the wall.

His Instagram has almost 4,000 followers, and his artwork has been exhibited in Spain.

His Instagram has almost 4,000 followers, and his artwork has been exhibited in Spain.play

His Instagram has almost 4,000 followers, and his artwork has been exhibited in Spain.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabanding)

It goes to show that art is unlimited — and, as Cabanding has proved, so is the potential of spaces we might ordinarily dismiss.

It goes to show that art is unlimited — and, as Cabanding has proved, so is the potential of spaces we might ordinarily dismiss.play

It goes to show that art is unlimited — and, as Cabanding has proved, so is the potential of spaces we might ordinarily dismiss.

(Courtesy Julio Anaya Cabandang)

When Rembrandt painted this self-portrait, he probably never thought it would someday hang above a cracked lawn chair.

And for Cabanding, that means: mission accomplished.

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