Loteria Card Wall Art | Heart of the Desert #39. Limited Edition

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Color Nopal Green


The El Nopal #39 "Heart of the Desert" is a special edition La Loteria sculpture from our Devotion Collection. This Zenwaro signature Loteria is a celebration of historic Mexican folklore, the natural beauty found in the desert landscape, and a bit of new-age artisan culture. We worked with the artist Rafael to adapt the traditional El Nopal Loteria card #39 infusing natures inspirational elements of the high desert terrain.

This Loteria sculpture includes an anatomical heart sculpture cleverly crafted to have  stinkingly similar features found on a prickly pear. A tasty fruit which sprout form paddles of Cacti or Nopales (Nopalea coccinellifera). The Prickly Heart is sculpted with twisted metal thorns protruding from all sides. The El Nopal #39 "Heart of the Desert" carries several design and artistic nuances "there is both beauty and harshness found in the desert ecology" also "that love can be both wonderful and painful at the same-time". Mostly this wonderful piece of wall is a thought provoking and eye catching work of art and will make a statement in your decor.


 Either Large or Small Devotion Loteria Sculpture is made up of three pieces.

  1. Large Nopal Heart sculpted from terracotta with real thorns made from metal.
  2. Large terracotta loteria card/tablet.
  3. Metal J-hook 25Lbs capacity. 

*The detached Nopal Heart Sculpture connects to the loteria tablet with a solid metal pin which can be hung, adjusted, or placed to liking. On the backside of each terracotta card is a metal hook. Both iron pin and large metal hook are fused into the raw terracotta before the piece is fired/cured in the kiln.


Dimensions | Weight | Specifications.

  • 10”w x 14”h x 6”depth | 25.5cm x 35.5cm x 15cm
  • Weight: 7lbs | 3.15Kg (ceramic placard + heart sculpture)
  • *Measurements include Loteria placard and small sculpture.
  • *Dimensions, weight will vary slightly. Sculptures are individually handmade and hand painted.These artisanal qualities impart a work of original art, authenticity.
  • *Specs pertain to both Green Nopal and Prickly Purple editions.

How It's Made

A whimsical collection of hand-painted terracotta/ceramic sculptures and artifacts. These jovial and vibrant sculptures are Artisan Sculpted from earthenware fired in a large kiln, and individually free-hand-painted. The Devotion Collection is a collaborative labor of love between Rafael Pineda and Zenwaro. All of the signature designs in this collection have a story of “Devotion” that inspired their creation. Whether it be Devoted to love, the Devotion of a furry companion, or the devotion towards a belief, a craft, a heritage, a lifestyle, and everything in-between. One of Rafeal’s devotions is using his hands to transform raw earth into original sculptural art with meaning. Many pieces are fused with metal wires allowing the ceramic accents (wings, thorns, flower, figures) to be manipulated. A level of thoughtful artistry that invites you to adjust/manipulate/maneuver the sculptural elements to your liking.

Every sculpture, every figure is individually hand-molded from raw earth then fired within a large traditional red brick kiln that is heated naturally by wood. Every sculpture is hand painted in a variety of colors. Some colors are intensely vibrant, others more earthly in tone, some are embellished with bright silver and gold metallic paints. After the illustrative process pieces are loaded back into the kiln for the final bake. Forever bonding the colors with the clay. The Devotion collection is a true combination of old world craftsmanship & whimsical artistry.

Artisan Story

Zenwaro's collaborative relationship with the artist and master ceramicist, Rafael Piñeda began 12 years ago. Mentored by an uncle who was a sculptural working with terracotta clay. Rafael’s immediate family does not lack talented ceramicists, both uncles and one aunt are accomplished ceramic artists. 

Rafael’s mentoring uncle was visually impaired and years later became completely blind. But the lack of sight never halted Luis's devotion for sculpting, rather he continued working until his death in 2019. Rafael cures/bakes all of his pieces in a wood-fired kiln. Rafael has resisted the urge to convert his production model to a gas-fired, modern kiln. Rafael’s creativity observes the "traditional way" where he can control every aspect of the firing process.

To learn more about the world's oldest card game La Lotería and how the artwork of the cards has been creatively translated to original sculptural wall-art part of the Devotion Collection. La Lotería. A Historical Game Of Chance Translated Into A Work Of Art.

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Hand-Crafted (FPO)