Alebrije artist Carlos Orozco is returning to Chicago from Oaxaca, Mexico and will be teaching alebrije painting classes at LUMA. Carlos is the founder and director of the indigenous artists’ collective Puech Ikots in Oaxaca, Mexico. Alebrijes are the colorful carved wooden animals that are well-known in Mexican folk art.
In this class, Carlos will teach the history and significance of the alebrije in Oaxacan culture. He will demonstrate the technique for wood carving and explain the process of creating alebrijes. He will also discuss the Puech Ikots fair trade artists’ collective and its mission to provide a path to economic autonomy for indigenous artists in the Oaxacan sierra.
All participants will receive their own pre-carved, unpainted alebrije (approximately 3 inches tall) to paint. The cost of the workshop is $25 for Loyola students, staff and faculty and LUMA members. It is $30 if you are not a member- this includes general admission and all supplies to paint your own alebrijes.