Master Antonio Lopez paints in central Madrid

It's not often you get to see a master at work

Location: Madrid, Spain

Antonio Lopez is one of Spain's greatest living artists

and he has set up his studio on the famous Puerta del Sol square

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PAINTER ANTONIO LOPEZ SAYING: "Pissarro, Corot, Manet, Monet, all these painters invented this way of painting. Directly from natural elements, outside of their studio, outside of their home and out of their control. They went out into the world to paint."

Lopez is renowned for his lifelike depictions of everyday subjects

from city scenes to portraits

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PAINTER ANTONIO LOPEZ SAYING: "I go to a pedestrian square in Madrid's city center. A city with millions of people. It's normal that there will be lots of people. I know, but I'm not going to cry foul. If you find it hard don't go, paint something else. Nobody has obliged me to do this."

Seeing such a famous face has excited many locals

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MADRID RESIDENT AND ART TEACHER JAVIER MATEO, 33, SAYING: "It's a unique moment because all of us who are here right now are witnessing an unrepeatable moment because Antonio Lopez is a living legend of Spanish art and in my personal life he played a key role in my decision to study art. I have been fascinated by his art since I was a child."

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