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From Psycho Killer to Painter

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Check out the Best of VICE here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Best-Of Peruvian artist LU.CU.MA spent 27 years in jail for the murder of his brother, among other crimes. After his release, LU.CU.MA—short for Luis Cuevas Manchego—swore to turn himself around. He traded the machine guns, hand grenades, and knives that he once used to ambush buses for art supplies. VICE traveled to Lima, Peru, to talk to LU.CU.MA about his life, how he uses art as a way to repent, and why all his paintings involve things like corrupt politicians being beheaded by snakes. Check out more Fringes episodes here: http://bit.ly/1kXrcf4 Subscribe to VICE here! http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com
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Roger Williams (22 hours ago)
Disturbing and intriguing...
Kenny (2 days ago)
He's a cool ass dude, props for his changes for the better
Matt Games (5 days ago)
ROCK SHOCK (8 days ago)
This guy is awesome , salute !!!
Pharaoh XO (8 days ago)
I think he never got pussy like my friend jose
Sabina (11 days ago)
Aww 9:12
Sonii N. (13 days ago)
9:15 the dance you do when your living freely after killing countless individuals
My blood fucking boils seeing these puny first world marshmallows who were never exposed to extreme poverty and abusive families saying this man deserves death, that hes a psychopath and this and that. First off, if he were a real psycho at the level you think he is , he wouldn't be trying to reform himself and help other people. Second, brutal behavior is perfectly predictable (if this is true even for normal people, whos to judge a mentally ill poor person) in dire situations of abuse and distress (have you seem his scars ?) . Third, by the level of comments I'm seeing, you're looking even worse than him in the psycho department.
donavon Blair (21 days ago)
Is there a way to buy his paintings?
Ruelas Roberto (25 days ago)
YooPico (26 days ago)
The old fart is just afraid of dying. That's the only reason he turned to God. He's not a good person, he's fucked in the head.
Ola Como estes (1 month ago)
“Tears of anguish”————————— (years of anguish)*
Isabel Vieira (1 month ago)
This have a powerful message
Aldair Vera (1 month ago)
Made in peru crj ❤💪
irham pramudya (1 month ago)
Punk in different soul
Matt Lime (1 month ago)
All these years my man is still rockin a Mohawk
Jazzie Love (1 month ago)
i've seen his work... love them.
Hitoshi-Kun (1 month ago)
great for him! sucks for the people he killed
Jimmy Brard (1 month ago)
Come visit me we’ll drink a beer
GwopStah bihh (2 months ago)
Takes some huge balls to say you're changed from that way of life, but he's happy he moved on
NELOPES7 (2 months ago)
Oh cool story murderer . No thanks
Rocksaltz WID A Z (2 months ago)
At least one of his past victims was a rapist
immanuel gulardi (2 months ago)
God bless you luiz.....
Truly Infamous (2 months ago)
This reminds me of something Jordan Peterson talked about. He went to a prison to learn about why they do that stuff, and the person that was showing him around, that he thought was the least dangerous seeming person, was a serial killer that 2 weeks ago obliterated an inmate's leg. Jordan soon realized that anger drives people to do unspeakable things, and when trying to think what would it would take to get him to do something awful, he found it was much easier than he thought. This man here has seen a lot and been abused, and all of that anger was pent up and he lashed out and killed his brother. The guy's not completely insane, he was just driven to the point of insane things.
Jason C (2 months ago)
Now that's an Artist
wolvie041007 (2 months ago)
that moment when a psychopathic killer has more humanity than you or I.
Azi ThE LeGnd (2 months ago)
Who else thought psycho meant clown
Alex Delair (2 months ago)
Sporting my city’s old team what a boss
Domenic Brangiforte (2 months ago)
Vice is liberal fake news
NicholasKai (2 months ago)
Domenic Brangiforte is Conservative brainwashed
Nicra (2 months ago)
From Psycho Killer to Psycho Painter
SCP 049 (2 months ago)
I really wanna meet him tbh
Cody The Liberal Slayer (2 months ago)
Yeah ok cool he still killed people he not automatically ok cause he paints now he’s just gone senile like an old dog or other animal
Alpesh Patel (2 months ago)
Myonions Matter (2 months ago)
Go back to gang banging those paintings are mierda
Ν Ξ Χ U S (2 months ago)
He’s wearing a Vancouver Grizzlies shirt which means he’s old
Ash T (2 months ago)
his little dance really got my respect to him.
Bahri (2 months ago)
like they say: you gotta have the devil in you to be an artist.
Nitch Ass Bigga (2 months ago)
When you wanna read the comments and watch the video but u don't speak fluent Spanish.
MaD MaX (2 months ago)
MaD MaX (2 months ago)
Juan Valdiviezo (2 months ago)
This guy looks like a bitch, in his prime i'd beat that ass
3:43 is that george bush w?
YAM (2 months ago)
1:16 Ligma
Fracothazine (2 months ago)
what's the music used pls
Jonathan Jordan (2 months ago)
Jonathan Jordan (2 months ago)
Wetgasm (2 months ago)
Joey Diaz + this guy= A good damn video. Get them together for christ sakes.
Jinda Bacho (2 months ago)
For some reason I cannot be mad at him, because he is taking responsibility to change himself. He has found the love in art and with love everyone can change. Maybe he was a lost soul in the past and now he is discovering the things in life which give him a meaning and fun and transforming him.
Karelys Alvarez (2 months ago)
que interesante
2Asspie (2 months ago)
he looks 2 fat for kill some shit lol
Ijul Dzulfadli (2 months ago)
He really is a Soulja.
Draven (2 months ago)
He looks like a Sea of Thieves character lmaoo
Louis Nacion (2 months ago)
scary painter
Josep Sankhill (2 months ago)
Amazing jost like tat.
god (2 months ago)
His paintings are so beautiful fuck
Karelys Alvarez (2 months ago)
God? Are you a woman?
Being Perspective (2 months ago)
waaaaaaooooooow ,, i have never seen a man like him, really he is a real man, my good wishes for you uncle, i would like to have a beer with him, and a joint if he like
Prod. Beau (2 months ago)
How is he not on death row? Edit: Really respect him by the way, that’s mad, I’m just curious. :)
Axel Rojas (2 months ago)
La raza no cambia, solo se controla.
Da Hippy Stoner (2 months ago)
The man will never fully reform, but all I see is someone that at least made the best that he could..
The Red Rebels (2 months ago)
At least he changed.
Mim 4 (2 months ago)
he is so proud of the shit he did. fucking psycho.
Viviane B (2 months ago)
Great short documentary, however true repentance comes from the heart with a lot of grief and remorse. He may have stopped his actions by controlling himself but to me he sounds proud for being "strong" or "brave" in his eyes. True strength and bravery is to love anyone no matter what comes your way.
Vxtyaz Aliazy (2 months ago)
From 9:07 to 9:38 it's kinda reminds me of something
MICHAEL CRASH (2 months ago)
This guy is so botched I am laughing
nothingtodo (2 months ago)
just pull a gun and shoot this fat ass already, no reason he should be alive
the best episode
Nicolas Nicolas (2 months ago)
I saw the thumbnail and immediately knew the guy was Peruvian
Arno Dorian (2 months ago)
I feel like this man could flawlessly accomplish an assassination on Donald Trump, or anyone alike else.
ezztrif (3 months ago)
“As much as i would love to be a saint it’s a little difficult with all the evil i carry” man..
Blue Hell Dino (3 months ago)
The music really helps when this guy is talking.
Arturo Ochoa (3 months ago)
Que Dios te Bendiga.
young (3 months ago)
i enjoyed this story❤️ i would love to talk to him
JellyDopeNut (3 months ago)
Idc what anyone says. This guy deserves a Columbian neck tie. POS I hope you die of cancer without treatment and end up in a ditch so dogs can feast on your corpse only to shit you out.
Kebaoer Xie (3 months ago)
Abraham Martinez (3 months ago)
Okay so if a person like this can find huge amounts of supporter's on YouTube then anyone can
Giovanni King (3 months ago)
One of the best from vice
Jay Dot Cee (3 months ago)
I carry too much evil
R ii (3 months ago)
Giselle Ibarra (3 months ago)
I know that this isnt the entire point of this interview, but he has a point, why mess with people who never asked to be messed with?
Sebastiaan Heerke (3 months ago)
Talking Thunder (3 months ago)
I like him he reminds me of my dead uncle.
FAKE RAYBAN's (3 months ago)
The worse criminal is government in a way you are the product of there Evil n greed if the snakes head was cut your life may never have taken the path it had nice to see you found your way back brother/
None Ya (3 months ago)
You're not a psychopath you did what you had to do to survive. You're a Victor not a victim. Crime is a brutal reality but for some it is the only way to survive.
Fruit500 (3 months ago)
Doesn't change the fact that he has mental issues
Ghali Farouk Sekkat (3 months ago)
Looks like a german mid-aged repressed lesbian
Tetsu Hatano (3 months ago)
I am both terrified of him and also respect him. He has done some awful shit by he doesn’t deny it or make some kind of excuse for it but is actually using that experience as a visual warning to people and has obviously put blood and sweat into at least attempting to be a decent person
Brandon Stewart (3 months ago)
things like this is what the TV channel needs and I want more fightland videos
Wowww this ISS amazinggg sooo interesting 😫💓💓💓
Star Wrench (3 months ago)
His paintings were quite good.
Anthony Toorie (3 months ago)
Amazing art
Kaleb Moulton (3 months ago)
Vice is the most credible source of facts. It’s all true. 🐑
Free Way (3 months ago)
He did say he killed his brother wit a ace righy
Inferno (3 months ago)
the fact he kill hes brother is fuck up tho
Inferno (3 months ago)
i wont negotiate with him for hes art for sure
AnotherOne (3 months ago)
sounds like a real Emmy award winner right here, fucking degenerate, toss him in the lions den
Mic Tactical (3 months ago)
God is great
C O D A (3 months ago)
Your wise because you killed a lot of ppl... makes sense xD
Jei Jei (3 months ago)
Real life Birdie from street fighter
ryan ford (3 months ago)
Vice why are you promoting radical CHRISTIANITY?
patrick b (3 months ago)
What is he drinking out of that bottle?? look at 2:04 btw 'plantas medicinales' and iquitos. im sure he has some kind of involvement with ayahuasca or something

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