Cactus Gallery LA
DRAGON ALEBRIJE by Raul D'Mauries
Acrylic on board, 8"x10"
Framed to approx 11.8"x13.8"
This painting was inspired by Alebrijes, brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical (fantasy/mythical) creatures. The first alebrijes, along with the term, originated with Mexico City cartonero Pedro Linares.
Linares while ill, dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. The animals there were fantastical; a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, a lion with an eagle head, and all of them were shouting one word, "¡Alebrijes!, ¡Alebrijes!". Upon recovery, he began recreating the creatures he saw and the folk art movement began.