Oaxacan Art or An alebrije (pronounced [aleˈβɾihe]), is a brightly-colored Mexican folk art sculpture of animal-like creatures.* Our friend Igor on the left, paints these creatures with the help of his two daughters and wife at his home in Rocky Point. He’ll usually carry around smaller size wood fish carvings, blow fish, cats and mice. He likes to push the mosquitos and flies or creatures with antennas. If he does not have something you like, ask to see his portfolio of work. Most likely, if you ask he’ll paint your requested piece that night and return the next day for the sale. Igor says he can paint two medium size wood carvings a day. Igor has some of the most unique items on the beach. I am more inclined to buy from him than many other vendors on the beach because he is a local artisan.
There is something special about purchasing a work of art directly from the artist on the beach. Be on the look out for him. The Oaxacan figures can also be purchased on Shacks 5th Ave next to Lupe “the Purse Lady”. The local shop owner will buy for a Oaxacan wholesaler direct from the town of Oaxacan, Mexico. For more on the history of the alebrige (Oaxacan) figures click here.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alebrijes