Alebrijes – Folk Art From Oaxaca, Mexico

January 2, 2009

Alebrijes are carved folk art figures from Oaxaca Mexico.  Alebrijes originated in the 1930’s and were created by artist Pedro Linares.  Linares fell ill and said that the brightly colored figures came to him in a dream during his illness.  Below are some beautiful carvings by some of my favorite alebrije artists that I found on El Caracol Zapoteca and Ebay.

Squirrel by Jacobo Angeles

Squirrel by Jacobo Angeles

Cheetah by Miguel Santiago

Cheetah by Miguel Santiago

Fox by Armando Jimenez

Fox by Armando Jimenez

Armadillo by Bertha Cruz

Armadillo by Bertha Cruz

Rabbit by Luis Pablo

Rabbit by Luis Pablo

Badger by Jacobo Angeles

Badger by Jacobo Angeles

Fox by Zeny Fuentes

Fox by Zeny Fuentes

10 Responses to “Alebrijes – Folk Art From Oaxaca, Mexico”

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  2. Tom C said

    Great stuff. Do you have any photos of Linares’ original works ?

    • Hey Tom,

      No, I wish I did though. I’d love to see it. Do you have any?

      I.A.

      • wbear11 said

        Linares created a different kind of alebrijes. His alebrijes were made of paper mache and were the result of nightmares he had while he was sick in Mexico City. He then returned home to Arrazola, Oaxaca and spoke of his alebrijes to artisans there, who morphed his tradition into their own, using wood (usually copal wood) to create alebrijes instead of paper mache. The photos you see here are Oaxacan alebrijes made of wood and are from the towns of Arrazola and San Martin Tilcajete.
        To read more about how Oaxacan alebrijes are made, please check out my blog! I will be updating it regularly with information such as this and photos of Oaxacan alebrijes! Whitney

  3. Hi,how interesting. I am a danish artist, I would like to learn how to make Alebrijes, can you tell me how and where its possible?
    Have a nice day.

  4. Ellen R Jenkins said

    Am looking for an alebrije artist Olegario Ruiz Sosa. Anyone know how to contact him?

  5. Incredible! Such beautiful art and the skill to create such sculptures is unbelievable. Thank you for posting these pictures. I have re-blogged this over at http://mexicoart.org. Please stop by and leave a comment, I would love to get your incite. Are you familiar with other Mexican folk art such as figurines or pottery?

    Thanks!
    @MexicanArtists

  6. […] Alebrijes are carved folk art figures from Oaxaca Mexico.  Alebrijes originated in the 1930's and were created by artist Pedro Linares.  Linares fell ill and said that the brightly colored figures came to him in a dream during his illness.  Below are some beautiful carvings by some of my favorite alebrije artists that I found on El Caracol Zapoteca and Ebay.

  7. F Sarvide said

    Jacobo Angeles is one of the best artist.

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