Alebrije artist Carlos Orozco is returning to Chicago from Oaxaca and will be teaching more alebrije painting classes! He will be hosted for this class at DeColores Pilsen, a wonderful family-owned and operated restaurant in the Pilsen neighborhood (see their website at decolor.us
Carlos directs the indigenous artists' collective Puech Ikots (puechikots.com) in Oaxaca, Mexico and is a skilled wood carver and painter who works in the tradition of alebrijes. 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 explain the process of creating alebrijes and discuss the Puech Ikots fair trade artists' collective. The collective's mission is to provide a path to economic autonomy for indigenous artists in the Oaxacan sierra. Proceeds from this class directly support the members of the artists' collective in Oaxaca.
Food and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase from DeColores Pilsen during the event. All paint and necessary materials will be provided. Carlos will provide chapulines (toasted grasshoppers) from Oaxaca free of charge for class participants to enjoy with a cold beer or delicious margarita from DeColores. Chapulines are a common bar snack in Oaxaca.
All participants will receive their own pre-carved, unpainted alebrije to paint. Several different alebrije animals will be available and you will get to choose the one you like best! There will be two sizes, small (approx. 3 inches tall, $25) and large (approx. 4-5 inches tall and thicker than a small alebrije, $45). All alebrijes for this class were individually hand-carved from tropical copal wood by the members of the Puech Ikots collective especially for this event, and brought to Chicago from Oaxaca by Carlos. With Carlos's one-on-one guidance you will create a unique alebrije in your own personal style to take home!
The proceeds from this class will be re-invested in the artists' collective in Oaxaca. Puech Ikots is fiscally sponsored in the USA by Cuentos Foundation.