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Frédéric d'Eon told Vivala that 'people are so lovely' when it comes to what he chooses to create and puts out into the world. He's never received rude, mean, or hateful commentary surrounding his body of work.

As a queer artist he feels that he has a large audience with whom he can connect to and make work that is political in nature. 

"I feel like being a gay artist working for a queer audience has provided me with an endless list of subjects and themes to address which have heretofore gone unpainted," he said.

Frédéric d'Eon has been working as a professional, full-time artist for 10 years but has been creating art his whole life.

All of his work is hand-drawn and he only uses digital for post-production, when the original piece is scanned in. 

Some of his favorite artists include, "Rembrandt, Watteau, and Titian, among the old masters, Kara Walker, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, among the living, and others such as Hokusai in Japan or George Barbier, the great Art Deco fashion illustrator."

Even though he has a strong group of people that support what he does, Frédéric d'Eon does feel that queer art is an untapped creative medium within the Latinx community.

"I know that there are some queer artists doing really great work, but at large, art made with a specifically queer intent has been made by white artists for a gay, white audience," he explains. 

He pointed out that there are a ton of gay Latinx artists — like himself — that have made some incredible work. 

"I very much enjoy making work that addresses the desire and self-identity of my own community, which has been underrepresented," he added.

Although the Chicano creator is comfortable and proud of his sexuality — fully living his truth — it wasn't easy growing up as a Catholic Mexican.

"It was hard as a boy," Frédéric d'Eon said. "My family is very small town Mexican Catholic, and it was hard for me to accept it in myself, and later for them to accept it in me. But otherwise, as James Baldwin said about being Black and gay, 'I feel like I hit the jackpot!'"

His family is fully aware of the work he does and while some may not be total fans of it, most of them are supportive.

Frédéric d'Eon's "Gay Lotería" series isn't his only project that explores and showcases the art of queer love and romance to rid it of its taboo nature.

From "Queer Girls" to "Historical," and "Erotica," Frédéric d'Eon breadth of work is rooted in honoring identity inclusivity. Frédéric d'Eon states: 

"Queer love and desire is utterly natural and beautiful, and worthy of celebration." 

Amen.


To purchase a print from his "Gay Lotería" series, or other pieces of work, you can do so at his Etsy shop right here.

If you want to follow his creative process, you can follow his Instagram here, and to see his full gallery, you can check out his personal website here.