Originally from Peru, a craftsman with watercolor and an airbrush. Vargas’ inspiration came from a copy of the french men’s magazine La Vie Parisienne (vintage) with a cover done by Raphael Kirchner, a huge influence in his work.
The “Vargas Girls” from Esquire magazine is his work where his name spread like wildfire due to the Western pop culture explosion of adult nude pin-ups.
Playboy soon picked him up and put his erotic art talents to work for big money in the 60’s and 70’s (the peak of Playboy magazine’s success). At this time, Vargas was a well established artist with proven art erotica skill.
Even after retirement he worked on a variety of unique projects such as doing album covers for big name musicians.
The list of famous women that Vargas painted is quite extensive: Ruth Etting, Olive Thomas, Billie Burke, Bernadette Peters, Irish McCalla , Nita Naldi, Marilyn Miller, and Paulette Goddard.
Vargas passed away from natural causes (stroke) on 30 December 1982, at the age of 86.