“Ronaldo has personally contacted me”: the artist creates paintings of soccer stars from the crystals…
Colombian artist Mauricio Benitez, known as Mr Bling, from 2010 creates portraits of football players made of Swarovski crystals, reports The Sun.
Worldwide recognition the master received in 2013 after creating the picture, which he gave to the legend of “Barcelona” Lionel Messi.
Since soccer stars constantly order his work Mr Bling. His clients include Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, David Beckham and Paul Pogba, Ronaldinho and Diego Maradona.
“In 2013, Messi came to us in Medellin to participate in a charity match. I admire his game and decided to make Lionel a gift. The creation of the painting took about 150 thousand Swarovski crystals and 30 days. Messi is a penny not paid for my work, but when the story was leaked to the Internet, there was a message that she was worth 50 million dollars”, — quotes Mauricio Benitez The Sun.
The artist with Lionel Messi
By the way, Cristiano Ronaldo became a regular customer of the artist, ordered three of his work.
“In 2018, the star of Juventus after talking with Colombian teammate Juan Cuadrado personally contacted me by WhatsApp. I was shocked! Ronaldo said he wanted to order a family portrait. He sent me the original image and asked for some change. As far as I know, the work hangs in the home of the mother of a football player. Then he created another portrait of the Portuguese. Finally, I moved the leaf a miracle-a goal of the Portuguese blow in falling through itself in the quarter finals of the Champions League-2017/2018. This piece with a height of almost 2.5 meters, about 250 000 crystals”, — said the artist.
According to the Columbian, on average, players pay for a picture of 100-150 thousand dollars, depending on the complexity of the work. And, of course, give the artist their t-shirts autographed.
Diego Maradona shows his crystalline ball of the world Cup 1986
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