Alebrije is a Mexican folk art form that involves creating brightly colored, fantastical sculptures of imaginary creatures. These sculptures are often crafted from papier-mâché, wood, or other materials and are known for their intricate and vibrant designs. Alebrijes often combine features from various animals and mythological beings, resulting in unique and imaginative forms. The art of alebrije making originated in the mid-20th century with the artist Pedro Linares, who claimed to have seen these creatures in a dream during an illness. Alebrijes have since become a prominent part of Mexican culture, particularly in the region of Oaxaca, where they are intricately painted with bold colors and intricate patterns.