Alejandro Vigilante doesn’t know which playing card is his favorite. Each was a labor of love. On exhibit inside Andy Warhol’s old Wooster Street abode in New York City, the artist keeps looking up at his 54 hand-painted works of art, inspired by the centuries-old Mexican card game of chance, Lotería.
“Every color was a special decision,” said the Miami-based artist, known for his pop art-inspired works. Vigilante hand-painted each card over a three month period. “Every color has its own special stroke.”
The project, Partida Lotería, in collaboration with Partida Tequila, is an artful take on the iconic images of the playing card game incorporating elements from Mexican nature, the Mexican Revolution, classic Mexican cocktails and other cultural icons.
“For me, it was an amazing challenge,” Vigilante told Royal Flush at the Partida Lotería launch event at the SoHo Arts Club, former home and studio of pop art icon Andy Warhol (and the site of Grace Jones’ restaurant at one point). “I feel involved with the Mexican, and Latin, culture. I feel involved with tequila, and I feel involved with the spirit and the soul of each card.”
Partida Lotería kicked off in multiple poster placements in New York’s Broadway/Lafayette subway station (up through Halloween Day, 2015) with various other media platforms in the works. In addition to a presence in New York, Vigilante’s work will make its way across the U.S. in street posters in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Venice, Calif. with extensions in Northern California, Florida and other major states throughout 2016.
Vigilante is looking at his vibrant labor of love exhibited on the walls. He keeps thinking about a favorite and decided on one up top, a vibrant painting of a sombrero-topped Enrique Partida—a blue agave farmer who recently passed away and inspired the tequila’s namesake.
One of our favorite Lotería-inspired cocktails: El Diablo
1 ¾ oz Partida Reposado
¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice
½ oz Agave Nectar
¼ oz Crème de Cassis
Shake all ingredients except for Ginger beer with ice and strain into a highball glass. Top with Ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.