photo_2021-07-07_10-32-16 photo_2021-07-07_10-32-15 photo_2021-07-07_10-32-13 AlebrijeAlebrije Pedro Linares Brightly colored Mexican folk toys depicting fantastic animals. They were first made in Mexico City in 1936, and their appearance is associated with the name of Pedro Linares, who specialized in making papier-mache piñatas, Judas for burning and carnival masks. That year Pedro fell ill with a fever and was haunted by hallucinations – clouds, rocks and forests populated by bizarre animals with horns, tails, wings and fangs; voices shouted, “alebrije!” When he came to his senses, he began to make figures of these beasts. The owner of one of the galleries noticed these works and brought them to the attention of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, who began to pay Pedro to work on producing new alebrijes. In 1975, a documentary about Linares was released and the alebriges became popular; two years before his death, in 1990, Pedro received the National Science and Art Prize in the Popular and Traditional Art category. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Continue with Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.