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- Referred to as a "Modern Day Renaissance Woman" by the media, Denise Vasquez is an artist who creates because it is a part of her being. Born & raised in New York City Denise has been on an adventure, traveling the world and sharing her... more »Referred to as a "Modern Day Renaissance Woman" by the media, Denise Vasquez is an artist who creates because it is a part of her being. Born & raised in New York City Denise has been on an adventure, traveling the world and sharing her journey through her art while living in Scotland, London, the US Virgin Islands & now California.
Her talents run the gamut from being an Award Winning activist, artist, poet, singer/songwriter/guitarist to being a SAG-AFTRA actress, designer, writer, motivational speaker, producer, promotions specialist and Founder of WO+MEN 4 A CAUSE. Denise has a passion for utilizing her skills to help make a difference in a positive light using her words, knowledge & art. Since 1999, Denise has been Volunteering her time and sharing information to help bring awareness to many causes covering topics ranging from peace, cancer, bullies, the environment, autism, abuse, poverty & more. To date Denise has produced, hosted & performed in 9 Music Festivals (in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Los Angeles, and Arizona), which has brought together many communities, causes, businesses & tons of talent. During live events, Denise has helped the Red Cross acquire blood donors, has acquired donations from Sponsors for charities including a guitar from Daisy Rock Guitars for a contest held by "Peace Thru Music", and has assisted in bringing awareness to numerous Non-Profit Organizations including: The Red Cross, GreenPeace, i2Y, OvarianCancer.Org, The Wish, Relay For Life, Make A Wish Foundation, HepC and many more! The Festivals empowered, informed & entertained while showcasing female musicians, singers, songwriters, bands, dancers, artists, poets & comedians. Denise developed and maintains the online presence for WO+MEN 4 A CAUSE, interacting with people, and sharing information utilizing social media sites.
As an artist, Denise’s love for creating all things geek have become widely known in the Star Wars Universe & beyond. Denise has created her own original characters over the years (Empowerment Mega FanGirl, Zombie Girl, DJ, El Diablo, Glowing Skull, Dead Dog, Pepper The Dragon & Friends, Wizzy The Owl, Busy Bee …), but Denise is best known for designing the Spanish Vader T-shirt for “Her Universe” (also available at Hot Topic stores and at Lucasfilm). Many might recognize some of the popular 3D art Denise has created including: her “GLOW IN THE DARK FRANKENVADER Helmet that she WON 1ST place for in Halloweencostumes.com Vader Helmet Contest, her GLOW IN THE DARK Star Wars meets Dia De Los Muertos Vader Helmet & vinyl dolls she created for the “Art From A Galaxy Far Far Away” Gallery show and her AVATAR TROOPER Helmet she designed & created for the 501st Legion TK Helmet Project auctioned for Make-A-Wish during Star Wars Celebration V. All of the work Denise has created over the years has gained her a lot of attention worldwide, and her art has been featured on: Reuters, BBC, CNN.com, Wired, Huffington Post Arts, Slashfilm, HerUniverse.com, HotTopic.com, StarWars.com, MTV.com, Nerdist News, Patron Of The Arts, Stan Lee’s Websites, The Mary Sue, io9, Edge On The Net, Music Connection Magazine, Arts Avenue, Geek Shirts HQ, Daily Trojan, Comic Attack, Forcecast, Theforce.Net, Galacticbinder, MintinBox.net, ToysREvil, Angry Koala Gear, Following The Nerd, Poparitaville, Girl Gamer, Geek With Curves & more!
Since 2007, Denise has customized a number of recognizable vinyl toys for companies, private commissions & celebrities including the Stan Lee Custom Vinyl munny dolls, one of which not only sits on Stan Lee’s mantle, it is featured in Morgan Spurlocks’ Book “Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” on page 89 with Stan Lee.
MTV Geek invited Denise to paint a celebrity during San Diego Comic Con 2012, so she chose to paint custom vinyl munny dolls of Anthony Bourdain. Two of her Conan O’Brien custom vinyl munny Dolls (Conan O’Brien & His Horny Teddy & The Glow in the Dark Flaming C”) are featured in Conan O’Brien’s “COCO MOCA” Museum Of Conan Art on Team Coco’s website. Denise designed & created the “Steve Sansweet” Mighty Mugg for Lucasfilms’ “The Empire Muggs Back project, which now happily resides in the Rancho Obi Wan Art Gallery with other Star Wars art by Denise & many other amazing artists. Denise’s custom vinyl toys have also been displayed & on consignment at Kidrobot LA, and she has also created custom vinyl toys for many clients including: Comedian Donnell Rawlings, Whoopi Goldberg, DKE Toys/Adfunture (Yoka Tour), Angry Koala Gear, 3Coconutmonkey, Bean Pot Toiz, Vinyl Thoughts 2, Hold Up Art Gallery, Chuck Jones Gallery & more! Denise proudly endorses & loves working with Holbein USA, Sakura USA, Kidrobot LA, & Prismacolor.
As a writer, Denise’s biggest honor was being invited to be THE FIRST guest blogger on Stan Lee’s sites! Denise is the “LA Cultural Events Examiner” and has been doing interviews writing articles about arts, culture, people and events for Examiner.com since 2010. Denise began writing monologues, poetry, plays & songs covering important topics & issues at an early age. She wrote a monologue called “The Broken Bottle”about alcoholism, wrote a poem called “The Washcloth” about abuse, “Man” about the homeless, “I Am America” about neglect and her poem “What Is Love” about self love, Won her the Editors Choice Award from the International Library Of Poetry & they published it in a compilation book of poetry called “Dancing In Light”. Denise wrote & performed in a play about female gangs & bullies called “Sisterhood” which received rave reviews when presented in a festival at the St. John School Of The Arts in the Virgin Islands. Over the years Denise has created thousands of Official Sketch Cards for numerous Trading card sets including: The Art Hustle Series 3, Topps Trading Cards (Star Wars, Mars Attacks, Clone Wars, Terminator Salvation, Indiana Jones), Official Pix (Star Wars), Breygent Marketing (Woodstock), Sadlittles (Femforce, Dreamers Of Darkness, Rantz Angels), and 5 Finity Productions (Zombies Vs. Cheerleaders, Archie Comics). Creating all of these sketch cards led Denise to coming up with the concept & Co-Authoring “Sketch Card Mania” (Impact Books/F&W Media) with Randy Martinez. “Sketch Card Mania is a DIY “How to” art book offering how to draw art lessons, showcases a wonderful variety of styles & artists in each medium, demonstrations on how to make your own personal Sketch Cards, and advice & tips from industry on how to promote yourself, and how to find work in the industry.
As a musical artist, Denise has performed in some of the most legendary venues around the world including JediCon in Germany,“The Cavern Club” (Home of the Beatles in Liverpool), The Bitter End (NYC), The El Rey Theater (LA), The Roxy (LA), The Dublin Castle (Camden, UK), The NAMM Show (Anaheim), Borders Bookstores (Many locations around Southern California) & lots more! She has self produced 3 albums "Frame Of Mind", "Live In One Take" & "Fighting Darkness" (available on itunes, cdbaby, facebook, emusic, Rhapsody …), wrote the music, lyrics, sang & played guitar on all of her albums, has been listed on Music Connection Magazines Hot 100 List for 6 consecutive years, won the ASCAP Plus Songwriters Award for 4 years in a row, was recognized by the Recording Academy for Grammy Nominations in 5 Categories for her 3rd Album “Frame Of Mind”, was Nominated by The “Mavric Music Awards in a number of categories & also by The LA Music Awards for Female Vocalist Of The year & Album of the year . Denise proudly endorses & loves working with Daisy Rock Guitars and Audix Microphones.
As an actress Denise has studied at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute (NYC), The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater Training Unit (NYC),…has been featured in theatrical productions, Feature Films, TV, Music Videos, Improv shows, industrials & Educational Films for over 20 years. Some of her favorite geeky projects she’s worked to date include playing an Immigration Officer in “Total Recall”, playing a Larper Warrior on “I’m In The Band”, playing a reporter on “Heroes”, being a salsa dancer & cocktail waitress in “Carlito’s Way”, and dancing away in Kenny Chesney’s “How Forever Feels” Music video. Be sure to view her imdb to view her full Filmography http://www.imdb.me/DeniseVasquez
As a Host, Denise Vasquez has been speaking on panels, doing demo presentations and hosting events (Both Live & on camera) since 1999. Denise hosted "Ladies Night Music Festivals I-VI" (St. John, US Virgin Islands), "Social Butterfly Night I & II" (Hollywood, CA), WO+MEN 4 A CAUSE (Various events at Various Locations), "VH1 Save The Music" at Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood.
Denise has also been an invited guest to moderate, speak and perform on panels showcasing her knowledge, talents, and specialties including: Organizing & Moderating "Tricks Of The Trade" Panel at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, Demonstrating painting techniques at Holbein USA during San Diego Comic Con, One on One Live Streamed "How To Session" At San Diego Comic Con on "Being A Professional Artist", "The Art Of Self Promotion" panels at Shevacon (Virginia), DragonCon (Atlanta), Demoing & Performing for Daisy Rock Guitars at The NAMM Show (Anaheim), Demoing and performing for Audix Microphones at The NAMM Show (Anaheim), panels about "Sketch Card Mania" book and more! Other events include: JediCon (Germany), Comicpalooza (Texas), Chicagoland Entertainement Collectors Expo (Chicago). Denise currently hosts "The Buzzz 4 U" Channel on Youtube. Denise is the creator, producer & Host of “The Buzzz 4 U” on Youtube, "BRINGING YOU THE GOOD NEWS" as always, but here it's happening on video! The BUZZZ 4 U gives you a look on the Brightside of life, from the perspective of modern day Renaissance woman, Denise Vasquez. She lives to share, create & inspire in a positive light & brings you along on her journey. This channel shows you the ART & SOUL of artist Denise Vasquez who hopes to inspire, while sharing information & showing you what drives her day to day. You'll get a behind the scenes look at her discoveries, art projects, creative process, fun events, interviews with some of her favorite artists & spotlights on other people like Denise making a difference in the world utilizing their creative hearts, minds and spirits! Denise is currently working on lots of new projects! Be sure to visit the following sites to keep up with Denise Vasquez:
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