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