During the summer of 2014 I had the opportunity to meet and become really great friends with an Alebrije sculptor named Luis Raul Ibanez, from Arrazola, Oaxaca. Luis, his family and I collaborated on a few projects. This is the documentation of our friendship and our collaborations.
About Luis Raul:
Luis Raul was born in Arrazola, Oaxaca, a small town about 30 minutes west of Oaxaca City. His father made a living as a farmer and highly discouraged him to become an Alebrije sculptor because of the perils of working with machetes. It is common for beginning sculptors to lose their fingers while making such beautiful creations. However, Luis decided to pursue his passion for making such creatures anyways and soon learned that this was his calling.
Luis has now been making Alebrijes for over 12 years. His favorite creature to make is a dragon and receives his inspiration from Monte Alban, an archeological site located within walking distance from his home. Luis, his wife and children continue to make Alebrijes together as a source of income.
For information on how to purchase Luis Raul's Alebrijes, please fill out the form in the contact link on this website.