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 2010, 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.
Exlploring various techniques for working in clay and assemblage 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.
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 musician, Vinsantos coins himself as a Drag Cabaret act. 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. Recently, Vinsantos found himself on tour with Peter Murphy and David J of Bauhaus fame and continues to work with his forefathers to push his story forward and present and unique and theatrical approach to your normal everyday rock and roll show. You can listen to his solo debut album produced by David J along with a few select singles online.