‘Pot’ art

A Brazilian painter is making an art out of smoking pot.    

At his studio in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, Fernando de la Rocque (pronounced hockey) took a deep drag on a marijuana joint and blew onto a stencil overlaying paper.

After several puffs an image began to appear - a golden-hued version of ''Ecstasy of Saint Teresa'' by Italian sculptor Giovanni Lorenzo.

Smoking marijuana is illegal in Brazil, but some of Rocque's pot-stained prints are selling for $2,500 each. A show featuring the work opened last week at an alternative gallery in Rio's stylish Ipanema neighborhood.

The 32-year-old Rocque says he stumbled on his toking technique in 2009.

It takes him a week to do a single print - blowing about five joints of smoke onto a paper daily. -Photos and text by AP

A piece of art by Fernando de la Rocque depicting former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A piece of art by Fernando de la Rocque depicting former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Brazilian artist Fernando de la Rocque smokes marijuana at his studio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Brazilian artist Fernando de la Rocque smokes marijuana at his studio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Fernando de la Rocque blows marijuana smoke onto a stencil overlaying paper to create his art.
Fernando de la Rocque blows marijuana smoke onto a stencil overlaying paper to create his art.
Some pieces by Fernando de la Rocque are seen at his studio.
Some pieces by Fernando de la Rocque are seen at his studio.
Fernando de la Rocque stands in front of some of their pieces of art at the La Cucharacha, a small alternative gallery in the stylish, in Rio de Janeiro.
Fernando de la Rocque stands in front of some of their pieces of art at the La Cucharacha, a small alternative gallery in the stylish, in Rio de Janeiro.
Fernando de la Rocque pieces at an exhibition at the La Cucharacha gallery.
Fernando de la Rocque pieces at an exhibition at the La Cucharacha gallery.

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