Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mexican - Alebrije

Pink Rat (Signed) Alebrije Mexican Copal Wood Carving Creature Monster Sculptures Oaxaca Mexico Niceley Detailed Hand Painted!


Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures carved out of copal trees. The first alebrijes, along with use of the term started in the 1930s with Pedro Linares. It is said that after experiencing a high fever back in the 1930s that caused him to hallucinate, he then saw all this creatures and had a voice in his head repeating the name Alebrijes. After recuperating he began to recreate his visions. No two Alebrijes are the same, they are all carved and painted in the artist own style with lots of unique detail. Much time is spent on this pieces, many take over two weeks of work.

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