Brazilian Painter Gets High for Art

Talk about high-end art.

A man in Brazil is turning marijuana into art. Fernando de la Rocque (pronounced hockey) takes deep drags on a marijuana joint and blows onto a stencil overlaying paper. After several puffs, images begin 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 technique in 2009.

It takes him a week to do a single print — blowing about five joints of smoke onto a paper daily.

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Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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