Despite not being well known to many people worldwide, Pedro Linares seems to rise to fame, after Google launched a new Doodle in celebrating Mexican artist who died in 1992, at the age of 85. On this giant search engine, there’s one gorgeous and colorful dragon which is designed by Doodler Emily Barrera, based on the work of Linares.
Sometimes, a lot of people have questions ‘What is Pedro Linares’ net worth? However, he was categorized as the most influential artist in the world. Thankfully, this post will show you information about his net worth, his career and his journey of his life while still alive.
Well, let’s talk about him through our post below!
Pedro Linares’ Net Worth
According to numerous sources, Pedro Linares has net worth estimated at $1,000,000 up from $1,000,000 in 2020 with estimated 2020 – 2021 earnings and income of $1,000,000.
Edan Gewanter, 54 years old as Furniture-Finisher Apprentice from Limestone, Pennsylvania informed that Linares’ net worth is roughly $71,000,000. Meanwhile, Stormie, 48 years old as MopeD Trimmer-And-Wrapper from Westville, Illinois informed that Linares’ net worth is approximately $88,000,000.
Pedro Linares’ Career
Linares started his career as a maker of the effigies who is known as Judas figures. He traditionally made cartoons during the Catholic Easter season in Mexico and by making figurines for Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo and other artists from the Academia de San Carlos School of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
Linares also created the mythical figures known as ‘alebrijes’ when he was 30 years old, allegedly once he caught an illness. ‘alebrijes’ itself originated from his dream that depicted his death and rebirth in a mountainous setting inhabited by those creatures.
After he recovered from his illness, he began to materialize his vision and the art of making alebrijes was born. While he created his masterpiece, he wanted his family and others to know about the animals he dreamt of by taking a piece of paper and forming the figurines from his memory and then painting them as he saw them in his dream.
Linares obtained national and international attention following the 1975 documentary ‘Linares: Artesano de Carton from Judith Bronowski’. Part of his documentary series was about Mexican folk craft which resulted in traveling workshops from the films’ subjects.
Among the Mexican folk crafts was Manuel Jimenez Ramirez who is known as a wood sculptor who took the concept of alebrijes from Linares and started producing wooden ‘Oaxacan alebrijes’.
Aside from the material, ‘Oaxacan alebrijes’ differ in being more realistic representations of animals and incorporating ideas of the nahual.
By 1990, two-years before his death, Linares was awarded the National Prize for Arts and Sciences (Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes) in the Popular Arts and Traditions category. That’s such the highest decoration to artisans which were granted by the federal government of Mexico.
A masterpiece work which was done by Linares for Diego Rivera is now shown at the Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City. The exhibitions of his work in the United States were held at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Us, the Craft Contemporary, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and the Fullerton Museum Center.
About Linares ‘alebrijes’, His Masterpiece
Linares began as a skilled maker of carton Judas figures and figurines for Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo as well as a lot of other artists from the Academia de San Carlos.
The art form of alebrijes was created by him after he became ill when he was 30 years old. While he was unconscious in bed, he dreamt of a strange place looking like a jungle. There were animals, trees, sky, clouds, rocks and many more. He definitely felt no pain and was very happy walking down there.
Rocks, animals and clouds suddenly turned into bizzare creatures where he saw a donkey with butterfly wings, a lion with an eagle head, a rooster with bull horns and were shouting the word ‘Alebrijes’. Every animal in the place was shouting louder and louder ‘Alebrijes.’
Linares emphasized that the sound was terrible where he could stay there for long. He then got a terrible headache and ran along a stone road where a man was walking. He asked for help from a man in which he wanted to escape.
The man in Linares’ dream told that he shouldn’t be here yet and said that he had to walk by that road a few meters ahead for the exit. Then, Linares ran until he was in front of a narrow window, passed through the window and then he woke up.
After he created a figure of ‘Alebrijes’, he would be soon renowned as the best artisan in Mexico. Then, a lot of makers and artists all over Mexico were taking their inspiration from Pedro Linares’ work.
Sure, those figures are prized in Mexico and countries around the world. As a throwback, Diego stated that none else could have fashioned the strange figure he requested.
After Linares died, ‘Alebrijes’ are now still produced by his family in other workshops across Mexico and exported to art galleries exhibiting Mexican art worldwide which are an excellent representation of Mexican talent.
Pedro Linares Biography
Pedro Linares Lopez was a Mexican artist who was born on June 29, 1906 in Mexico city and died on January 29, 1992, at the age of 85. He was known for his papier-mâché figurines named alebrijes.
The name of Linares with the refined art of cartoneria was preserved by his children and later grandchildren. In fact, the ‘Alebrijes’ is still produced by the Linares family and in other workshops across Mexico. On the 115th anniversary of his birth, Linares was featured in a Google Doodle on June 29, 2021.
Here are the additional information about Pedro Linares:
- Full Name: Pedro Linares Lopez
- Nick Name: Pedro Linares, Pedro, Linares
- Profession: Mexican artist
- Known for: Alebrijes, papier-mâché
- Gender: Male
- Birth: 29 June 1906, Mexico City, Mexico
- Death: 25 January 1992, Mexico City, Mexico (aged 85 years)
- Star sign: Cancer
- Height: 1.83 cm
- Weight: 80 kg
- Awards: National Prize for Arts and Sciences