Alebrijes Blas WorkShop

OAXACAN FOLK ART SCULPTURES, ALEBRIJES.
"Alebrijes are whimsical and enchanting art figures that have captivated collectors and enthusiasts Worldwide. These imaginative and brilliantly colored figures are hand-carved and painted in San Pedro Cajonos in the state of Oaxaca, home of the Zapotec Indians in Southern México.

Each figure is handmade from copal wood from the hills surrounding the Oaxaca, using machetes and pocket Knives. Artists carve the basic shape of a figure in a few days, then meticulously paint each piece in great detail. It can take up to a full week to complete a figure.

The artists use fantasy and imagination in painting to make the animals appear more alive. Full of movement and humor, Oaxacan wood carvings is an authentical folk art that knows only the boundaries of the imaginations of the carvers, for whom myth and magic are a major part of their daily life.

"Each carving is an original work of art and no two pieces are identical".