Part II, Behind the Scenes at the Linares Studio and Home


bts-linares-vert-2After I featured the story of the Linares Family, some of you asked for more behind the scenes photos. To recap, the Linares Family are world-famous papier-mâché artists who work from their home/studio near the Sonora Market in Mexico City.

The rooftop of the home/studio allows ample space for assembling the giant Judas dolls, which are up to ten feet tall, the second level holds the organized clutter of the studio, and the ground floor contains the family residence.

The Rooftop


The giant Judas dolls are assembled on the rooftop of the Linares studio and lowered to the street

Judas being wired with fireworks

Luis Morales (l) and Alberto Martinez wire a Judas with fireworks.

Linares rooftop

The giant dolls known as Judases are constructed of papier-mâché on the rooftop of the Linares home and studio. Luis Morales (l) and Leonardo Linares.

The Studio

Felipe Linares portrait

Felipe Linares amid the organized clutter of the studio

Paints in studio Judas dolls in the studio Judas dolls on the walls of studio Clutter in studio


The skull is made of sugar. Day of the Dead is the busiest time of the year for the Linares family

The Residence

Papier-mache paste

Leonard Linares cooks the papier-mâché paste, a mixture of flour and water


This alebrije will go to the Dolores Olmedo Museum to be sold

A niche in the home Staircase, residence

family pet

Pulque, the family pet

©2015 Doug Hall

5 Responses to Part II, Behind the Scenes at the Linares Studio and Home

  1. Angie May 5, 2015 at 7:26 am #

    As usual, your photos tell so much…Thank you for this more personal glimpse and thanks to the family for letting you share it with us.

    • Bobby May 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

      Police is awesome.

  2. Patrick Aaby May 5, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    Spectacular job, again, of capturing the unique and colorful charm of Mexico!

  3. Bobby May 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Polque. Stupid auto correct.

  4. Lynn May 31, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    Every time I look at your photos I am more and more impressed! They are just wonderful!
    Thank you for sharing them with us all!