Vinsantos : Proprietor-ess
Vinsantos lives a double life. He works full time as a visual artist creating one of a kind creations that fall under the moniker Vinsantos Art Dolls. He also works full time as a musician and performance artist. The lines between these two different art forms are most definitely a blur.
Growing up in San Francisco, he took to the stage at an early age both in theater and music. In his early twenties, he discovered the world of Drag and took the San Francisco scene by storm by incorporating live music and his rock persona into his drag performances. After moving to New Orleans in 2007, Vinsantos turned to the local arts markets to make a living. Disenchanted by the repetition in styles and subject matter that surrounded him, he set out to make something that he hadn't seen before. He learned new techniques, blending mosaic art , and a costume design.
Mastering various techniques for working in clay led him quickly into the world of doll making. He calls his highly personal, and often commissioned art dolls, Assemblage Art Dolls.
"The characters found in Vinsantos Art Dolls stem from my years on the underground performance art circuit. I've spent many years in the public spotlight either as a live musician, a Drag artist, and more often as a combination of both.”
Vinsantos Art Dolls are a look behind the scenes of a life that most of us only dare to dream. Divas, Buskers, Circus Freaks and Connoisseurs of the Costume and Make-up arts are some of the subjects explored within each custom-made box.
Former clients of commissioned works include the nostalgic, the bereaved and the narcissistic.