Painting a Fantastical ‘Alebrije’ Sculpture in Mexico


Mexico, Americas

Irma Mora, 54, (left) and Ernestina Treto, 55, who belong to the collective Zion Art Studio, paint final details on “Maconda,” a 78-inch “alebrije” that they and two other women spent two months crafting at the Fábrica de Artes y Oficios de Oriente, or FARO, a cultural center and arts and crafts school in Mexico City, for the city’s annual alebrijes parade and contest. Alebrijes represent fantastical animals and are usually made of papier-mâché. After local artisan Pedro Linares created them in the 1930s, alebrijes became a traditional craft in Mexico City. Linares made the first figures after falling ill and dreaming about the creatures, who shouted to him, “Alebrijes!”

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Painting a Fantastical ‘Alebrije’ Sculpture in Mexico