Vincent Desiderio is the artist who inspired Kanye West's controversial 'Famous' video. Ye's visuals are a remake of Desiderio's 2008 painting Sleep and the artist is impressed by Kanye's waxwork revision, calling it a "feat of magic."

"Kanye West's video demonstrates how art speaks the language of art, how visual codes people the artistic imagination, enlivening the matrix of possibilities that are always and everywhere about us, but barely perceptible to those who focus only on the surface," he said.