Vanessa Fresquez was born and raised in Denver Colorado and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from Metropolitan State College of Denver.


Vanessa was inspired by a painting class conducted by her uncle, Carlos Fresquez. Other influences came from her aunt, Lynn Fresquez, and her ancestor Pedro Antonio Fresquez, who was one of the first Santeros.


Currently, Vanessa is experimenting with natural pigments and also uses watercolor and acrylic paints. Before starting a retablo, she lights a candle and says a prayer to the saint she is painting and asks for their intercession to help guide her hands to capture their expression.