List of Venezuelan Americans

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This is a list of notable Venezuelan Americans, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Venezuelan Americans or must have references showing they are Venezuelan Americans and are notable.


Architects and builders[edit]

  • Carlos Brillembourg- Venezuelan architect based in New York. He is the founder of Carlos Brillembourg Architects.
  • Monica Ponce de Leon - Architect with offices in Ann Arbor, New York and Boston. Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University. First Hispanic architect to receive the National Design Award in Architecture.
  • Domingo Marcucci- Venezuelan born, American 49er, shipbuilder and shipowner.

Entrepreneurs and businesspeople[edit]

Artists and designers[edit]

  • Julio Aguilera - Venezuelan-American painter and sculptor born in Caracas.
  • Devendra Banhart- Venezuelan American singer-songwriter and visual artist.
  • Jorge Blanco - Venezuelan artist who created the comic strip The Castaway/El Náufrago, which became an overnight success.
  • Nicolas Felizola - fashion designer.
  • Rodner Figueroa- TV host from Univision, fashion designer and philanthropist.
  • Nina Fuentes, a.k.a. Nina Dotti - Venezuelan art collector, curator, philanthropist, business woman and art dealer.
  • Marisol Escobar - Venezuelan-American sculptor born in Paris.
  • Carolina Herrera - fashion designer. Also Founder and CEO of New York-based CH Carolina Herrera.
  • Camilo Him - Venezuelan-born American naturalized and Paris-based fashion photographer, artist and film director.
  • Tina Ramirez - dancer and choreographer, best known as the Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico.
  • Angel Sanchez - fashion designer.
  • Nick Verreos - American fashion designer, fashion commentator and former Project Runway contestant.
  • Jhonen Vasquez - American comic book writer, cartoonist, and music video director.
  • Ron van Dongen - photographer.


  • Julio Gassete- Venezuelan born TV former comediant of Bienvenidos TV show. He lives currently in Miami, Florida
  • Erika De la Vega- is a Venezuelan stand up comedy actress and fashion model

Films and TV[edit]


  • Mariela Pérez Branger - Miss Venezuela 1967.
  • Jennifer Rovero- Playboy's Playmate of the Month for July 1999 and has appeared in numerous Playboy videos.
  • Rita Verreos - Venezuelan born beauty pageant contestant, image consultant, model, actress, and reality television contestant.



Journalists, TV hosts and anchors[edit]


  • Renato Beluche- Privateer at service of Simon Bolivar army.
  • José Manuel Hernández-A popular Venezuelan caudillo, army general, congressman, presidential candidate and cabinet member who was also involved in numerous insurrections. Live exiliated in USA from 1911 to his dead in 1921.
  • Narciso López- A Venezuelan soldier and adventurer, knowed for four filibuster expeditions aimed at liberating Cuba from Spain in the 1850s.
  • José Antonio Páez- Venezuelan leader who fought the War of Independence. President of Venezuela once it was independent of the Gran Colombia (1830–1835; 1839–1843; 1861–1863). He lived in New York during his years in exile and died there in 1873.


  • Luigi Boria- Venezuelan born, mayor of Doral, Florida
  • Peter Camejo - (1939–2008) was an American activist and politician. He is of Venezuelan descent.[11]
  • Cipriano Castro- President of Venezuela. Expatriated by Juan Vicente Gomez regime in 1908, spent the rest of his life in exile, mostly in Puerto Rico where died in 1928.
  • Philip Giordano - former Republican mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, and a convicted sex offender. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela, to Italian parents and his family moved to the United States when he was two years old.
  • P. Michael McKinley - American diplomat and the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan
  • Irene Sáez - Venezuelan politician and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 1981.
  • Al Santos (mayor) - Mayor of Kearny, New Jersey, and a Democrat, born in Venezuela.






See also[edit]


  1. ^ Muther, Christopher. "'SNL' star Armisen drums up a career in comedy", Boston Globe, January 30, 2004 (fee required for full article)
  2. ^ Karni, Annie (2010-12-02). "Painting the Town Fred | New York Post". Retrieved 2012-05-30. 
  3. ^ AP Photo (2012-01-05). "Photo from AP Photo - Fred Armisen, Hildegardt Gemer News, photos, topics, and quotes". Retrieved 2012-05-30. 
  4. ^ "Fred Armisen: Biography," TV Guide, accessdate=2009-11-10.
  5. ^ Press office. Maria Conchita Alonso Endorses John McCain, October 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "Fernando Michelena, photograph by Theodore C. Marceau". Libraries: Digital Collections. University of Louisville. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ Manuel Azpurua Sosa
  8. ^ Antonio Sano
  9. ^ Eli Bravo
  10. ^ Juan Vene
  11. ^ "Ancestry of Peter Camejo". Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  12. ^ Humberto Campins
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  15. ^ Melchor Centeno Vallenilla