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His work caught the attention of a gallery owner in Cuernavaca, in the south of Mexico and later, of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. featuring Pedro Linares, Manuel Jiménez and a textile artisan Maria Sabina from Oaxaca.
In the 1980s, British filmmaker, Judith Bronowski, arranged an itinerant Mexican art craft demonstration workshop in the U. Although the Oaxaca valley area already had a history of carving animal and other types of figures from wood, it was at this time, when Bronowski's workshop took place, that artisans from Oaxaca learned of the alebrijes paper mache sculptures.
Pedro Linares was originally from México City (DF), born there June 29, 1906, and he never moved out of México City. The first alebrijes, as well as the name itself, are attributed to Pedro Linares, an artisan from México City (Distrito Federal), who specialized in making piñatas, carnival masks and “Judas” figures from cartonería (a kind of papier-mâché).
He sold his work in markets such as the one in La Merced.
However, this law is rarely enforced; most crafts sellers in Mexico rarely give the origin of their products are from.In pre-Hispanic art, the brightly-colored images were often fantastic and macabre.Some, like master craftsman Christian David Mendez, claim that there is a certain mysticism involved in the making and owning of alebrijes, with parts of certain animals representing human characteristics.In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill and while he was in bed, unconscious, Linares dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest.There, he saw trees, animals, rocks, clouds that suddenly turned into something strange, some kind of animals, but, unknown animals.
He saw 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".