Mexican folk art sculptures
Alebrijes are a Mexican craft, invented by Pedro Linares López in 1936, Mexican artist born in Mexico City. His works represent imaginary animals, chimeras and fantasy, made with different types of paper and or wood carved and decorated with vibrant, bright colors.
Linares López told that being sick and near death, he dreamed that he was in a forest where he saw these strange beings. The rocks, clouds and animals became something indescribable, unknown animals. He saw a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, a lion with an eagle’s head and they were all shouting a single word: “Alebrijes”.
My friend and fellow artist, Luis Ernesto García Orozco taught me the traditional technique for making these sculptures with wire, glue , paper mache and acrylic paint. I also use colored wires, recycled materials and spray paint. So while, I use a traditional techniques, i add a new aesthetic twist.