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Artist: MANUEL JIMÉNEZ RAMÍREZ ~ Ancient beings and spirits arise from the ruins of a pyramid (perhaps Monte Alban). Wood carving from Oaxaca, Mexico exhibited at the Oaxacan state museum of folk art (MEAPO) in San Bartolo Coyotepec.

Little Church, Mexico

Nopal Mexico

We would not be telling you of the origins of alebrijes and artists if it were not for Don Manuel Jiménez, beloved and esteemed initiator of the art form, and the primary catalyst for the collectors' movement as we know it today.

Merlyn Chesterman Printmaking Art in Action 2013

MARÍA JIMÉNEZ OJEDA from San Martín Tilcajete near Oaxaca

Alebrije conejo ojos de canica - Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures.

INOCENCIO VÁSQUEZ MELCHOR (San Martín Tilcajete) Inocencio is best known for his “borrachos” (drunkards) often in the ironic form of angels, his human-like devils, and groups of human or “nahual” (human figures with animal faces) musicians. In Inocencio’s pueblo it is believed that ordinary people can turn themselves into animals at night, particularly when there is a full moon.


Mandrill Oaxaca Mexico by Teyacapan, via Flickr

Love this! Pegasus horse folk art wood carving Oaxaca Mexico alebrije Mexican Oaxacan. $57.00, via Etsy.

Date stamp art. Gloucestershire Resource Centre http://www.grcltd.org/scrapstore/

a beautiful alebrije

Gaspar Calvo Fabian

art studio. Kibera slum, Africa