Óscar Becerra, Xólotl: Dios perro (dog deity), papier-mâché and cardboard, 2013. © Óscar Becerra.

Alebrije: Xólotl

In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center, Denver Botanic Gardens hosts a monumental sculpture by contemporary Mexican artist Óscar Becerra.

Oct. 2 – Nov. 7, 2021

Freyer - Newman Center

Standing nearly 15 feet tall, this sculpture is an alebrije—a fantastical hybrid creature from Mexican folklore, featuring the tail, wings, horns and claws from a variety of animals. Xólotl: dios perro (dog deity) depicts the Aztec deity Xólotl, the brother of Quetzalcóatl, charged with guarding the sun as it passed through the underworld.


About the Artist

Born in Mexico City, Becerra is an ethnologist and self-taught artist known for his alebrijes and works celebrating Día de los Muertos. He attended the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico City, where he also regularly collaborates with the Museo de Arte Popular. He specializes in creating sculpture from cardboard, a technique with deep roots in Mexican folk art, and has exhibited at institutions and locations including Denver International Airport, the University of New Mexico and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in Canada.


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