Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures. The first alebrijes originated with Pedro Linares. After dreaming the creatures while sick in the 1930s, he began to create what he saw in cardboard and paper mache. His work caught the attention of a gallery owner in Cuernavaca and later, the artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
Adaptation of alebrijes to Oaxacan wood carvings -- from copal wood -- was pioneered by Arrazola native Manuel Jiménez. This version of the craft has since spread to a number of other towns, most notably San Martín Tilcajete.
Far Flung Arts is pleased to bring you some of the finest work of the best artisans in the State of Oaxaca. Our collections include works by Manuel Jimenez, Armando Jimenez, Delfino Gutierrez, Joaquin Hernandez Vasquez, Agustin Vasquez Aguilar and Catrino Carrillo.
(this description is adapted from Wikipedia.com, "Alebrijes.")