The Folk Art Museum of Central Texas presents a small selection of alebrijes from its collections at the Downs-Jones Library at Huston-Tillotson University. Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. They were first created in the 1930s by Pedro Linares Lopez, a papier mache crafter from Mexico City. The popularity of his paper alebrijes inspired wood carvers in Oaxaca, Mexico to create their own figures out of wood. These Oaxacan alebrijes are carved from native copal wood and painted with vibrant and detailed strokes of house paint. The alebrijes in this display all originate from Oaxacan artists and show the unique style, imagination and craftsmanship of each artist. Though small, this display hopes to provide an introduction to this beautiful form of Mexican folk art.
Display is on the first floor of the
Downs-Jones Library, Huston-Tillotson University
900 Chicon St,
Austin, TX 78702