Alebrijes (pronounced ah-leh-bree-hehs) are Mexico’s version of the fantastical creatures that are part of the collective imaginations of cultures throughout the world. They exist in various representations such as gargoyles in Gothic cathedrals, dragons in Asian cultures, various creatures in Greek mythology, and Persian and Egyptian religious traditions. In Mexico, Alebrijes have found a distinct look. They are represented with features taken from various animals such as wings, horns, tails, claws, etc.
Xólotl (pronounced Sho-lotel): Dios Perro (Dog Deity) is the representation of the Aztec God Xólotl, Lord of the underworld. He was the brother of Quetzalcóatl, the feathered serpent, and was charged with protecting the sun as it passed through the underworld. It is said that he helped his brother in the creation of the humankind. One of his defining qualities is his ability to transform into other figures, animals or objects.
Created by Óscar Becerra-Mora, a great Mexican contemporary artist, who has dedicated more than 10 years to the art of cartonería: vibrantly colored papier-mâché sculptures incorporating modeled cardboard. The Alebrije is more than 14-feet tall and has toured throughout the USA. CherryArts is excited to offer this unique art experience and is grateful to the Mexican Cultural Center of Denver and Mexican Consulate of Denver for making it possible.