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]

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 – former 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
  • Patricia van Dalen – Venezuelan visual artist based in Miami (Florida)
  • Ron van Dongen – photographer


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

Films and TV[edit]




Journalists, TV hosts and anchors[edit]



  • Luigi Boria – Venezuelan-born mayor of Doral, Florida
  • Peter Camejo – (1939–2008) was an American activist and politician. He was of Venezuelan descent.[7]
  • 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 he died in 1928
  • Daniel de Leon- Venezuelan american union labor dirigent in New York.
  • Diogenes Escalante – Former ambassador of Venezuela in Washington. Spent his last twenty years in USA.
  • 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



  • Ricardo Hausmann – economist, writer
  • Leopoldo Martínez Nucete – economist, director of Center for Democracy and Development in the Americas (Miami, Florida)
  • Moisés Naím – economist, Foreign Police chief editor, writer, TV-host
  • Francisco Monaldi – economist, professor at Harvard University
  • Laura Palacios – economist, professor at Columbia University
  • Roberto Rigobon - Professor MIT



  • Mery Godigna Collet – Venezuelan artist, writer, philanthropist and environmental living in Austin, Texas
  • Thor Halvorssen Mendoza – Venezuelan human rights advocate and film producer
  • Nancy Navarro – Social activist. In 2010, President Obama appointed her to the Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • Victor Pineda (activist) – social development scholar and disability rights advocate
  • Luis Posada Carriles – Cuban-born Venezuelan naturalized former CIA agent. Anticastrist activist
  • Jeanmarie Simpson – American peace activist and theatre artist. His father is Venezuelan.[8][9]
  • Sylvia Rivera – American bisexual transgender activist and trans woman


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. ^ "Ancestry of Peter Camejo". Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  8. ^ "Jeanmarie Simpson". A Single Woman the Movie. 1959-11-20. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  9. ^ [1]