The man accused of brazenly spraying graffiti on a Pablo Picasso painting hanging in a Texas museum last year has turned himself in at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Uriel Landeros, 22, surrendered to U.S. marshals at the international bridge near the border town of McAllen, Texas on Tuesday.


Uriel Landeros spray-painted graffiti onto a Picasso painting at Houston's Menil Collection art museum last June. (YouTube)

According to his lawyer, the Houston man fled to Mexico following the incident last June and had remained there since.

"He surrendered at the urging of his family, and myself, to come in and get started on the process," attorney Emily Detoto told the Houston Chronicle newspaper.

Last June, Landeros was captured on cellphone video spray-painting a graphic onto Picasso's Woman in a Red Armchair, on display at Houston's lavish Menil Collection art museum.

The graffiti featured an image of a bull and the word "conquista" (conquest or conquer in Spanish). Museum experts began restoration efforts shortly after the incident.

Some have speculated that the museum-goer who filmed the video was in cahoots with Landeros, an artist himself.

Landeros was charged with felony graffiti and felony criminal mischief, but left for Mexico afterwards.

In November, a local Texas TV journalist tracked Landeros down in Mexico. He told the reporter the vandalism was an act of social and political defiance, and aligned himself with the Occupy movement.

Cueto James Art Gallery, a smaller venue in Houston, raised the ire of the local arts community by staging a show of Landeros' work last fall.

With files from The Associated Press