• "Gay Loteria" cards created by artist Felix Frederic d'Eon. (Felix Frederic d'Eon)Source: Felix Frederic d'Eon
Artist Felix Frederic d'Eon's new take on the popular card game is beautiful, funny and thought-provoking.
By
Alyssa Braithwaite

21 Oct 2016 - 11:33 AM  UPDATED 21 Oct 2016 - 11:33 AM

The card game Loteria is a quintessential Mexican game, similar to bingo, played with 54 cards which feature images of objects, animals and people.

In Loteria - which means 'lottery' in Spanish - a caller randomly selects a card from the deck and announces it by its name or using a humorous riddle, and the players mark it off their board (or tabla) with a chip or marker. The winner is the first to fill their tabla and shout "Loteria!". 

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Now Mexican artist Felix Frederic D'Eon has put his own twist on the Loteria cards, creating a set which celebrate LGBTQIA+ identity for a gay Latino audience.

The romantic "La Luna" features two women embracing while looking at the moon, "La Rosa" shows a naked man with a rose clenched between his buttocks, and "La Muxe" represents Mexico's third gender, biological men who dress and behave as women.

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d'Eon calls it Gay Loteria, and wants people to experience a sense of "inclusivity, love, sexual openness, and belonging" through his work.

"Our heritage in food, music, art, and literature are truly extraordinary, and I am very happy to be heir to my Mexican tradition," he told Vivala.

"My entire artistic trajectory has been molded by my sexual and ethnic identity.

"I think that they ["Gay Lotería" cards] work best as a conglomeration of images, working in unity to create an image of queer Mexican-ness."

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Some of them are intended to be funny, such as "El Taco" (The Taco) and "La Tijera" (The Scissors). 

While he has given others, like "La Luna" (The Moon), a more romantic feel.

 

All his work is hand-drawn, and sold through his website"I honestly feel that in my own small way I am helping to move the conversation forward towards a greater acceptance of love and understanding," he says.