is a multi disciplinary artists living and working in New Orleans and San Francisco.
With humble beginnings starting in 1986 with his band Mourning Becomes Electra, this ever evolving artist has created an illustrious career.
As a musician, he takes a modern approach on the traditional style of the Weimar Cabaret scene from the 1920s. Blending original and classic songs, storytelling, comedy, costumes and visuals, a highly intimate relationship is built with his audiences worldwide. As an unrepresented underground artist, Vinsantos was graciously chosen as the support act on tour for Peter Murphy and David J's 40 Years of Bauhaus tour in 2019, Peter Muphy's respective solo residencies at The Chapel SF and Le Poisson Rounge NYC, as well as Love and Rockets' 2023 reunion tour. He continues to push his story forward and present a unique and theatrical approach to the art of live music. You can listen to and purchase his solo debut album produced by David J along with a few select singles and previous projects dating back to the 1990s.
As a visual artist, Vinsantos Art Dolls are sculpted from polymer clay painted with cosmetics and adorned with a vast collection of vintage and antique treasures. These assemblage art dolls are one of a kind and built into their own custom made casings and frames.
Vinsantos coveted commissioned dolls are the ultimate in personalized art. When taking commissions, he asks that the collector submits one to several dozen sentimental items, family heirlooms, and ephemera from their lives to create a direct link to the client. Often times, collectors will have themselves, their family members or their favorite icons turned into OOAK handcrafted treasures to pass down through the generations to come.
As a key figure in the legendary San Francisco Drag club Trannyshack and the creator of the New Orleans Drag Workshop, this newly retired Drag performer was the subject of the full length documentary Last Dance created by French filmmaker Coline Abert.
Currently Vinsantos is working on his first musical inspired by Tennessee Williams' sinister character, Nightingale from the play Vieux Carre. The next workshop presentation will take place at the Temple House inside of the home of John Cameron Mitchell on March 23rd in New Orleans.