Born in Newark, New Jersey to Puerto Rican parents, Cesar grew up amidst hairspray and rollers in his family’s small hair salon. There, he spent his time staring at posters of GraceJones, Iris Chacon and helping around, taking in the world of beauty. Even as a child, Cesar could be found styling ahis mother’s hair and making over his friends after school.
An artistic maverick, Cesar was determined to carve a space for himself within the beauty and fashion world early on. He first set his eyes on the fashion industry, hoping to study at FIT. With the meticulousness and cerebral flair evinced today in his creations, Cesar decided to first spend some time working as a hairstylist to put himself through fashion school. Chance, then, presented him with what would become his true medium of self-expression when he decided to study cosmetology and work at a salon. Once he immersed himself fully in hair design, his passion exploded. With his innate talent, Cesar focused on developing his technique to become a true artist of the craft. He hasn’t stopped growing and refining his expertise since.
In his 15 years in the industry, Cesar has trained with top stylists, including Michelle Caruso, Ruth Roche, Joe Blackwell, Orlando Pita, Julien d’Ys and Guido Palau. His career took off after the Fall of 2001. The tragic events of September 11, fueled Cesar’s drive and he ventured into the city determined to grow his expertise. He began training at Dop Dop salon while building his portfolio. After landing his very first celebrity, Elizabeth Berkley, the rest followed, filling Cesar’s book with accomplished and well-known figures.
Constantly looking for inspiration and to inspire, Cesar is well known today for his work on artists like Jennifer Hudson, Ciara, Beyonce, Brandy, LaLA Anthony, Demi Lovato, and the Rita Ora. His looks have been seen on several TV shows such as Celebrity Apprentice, All About Aubrey and Lala’s Full Court Life. Beyond his celebrity work, Cesar has collaborated extensively with a myriad of high-end brands. His work adorns the pages of Italian Vogue, GQ, Latina Magazine, ID and many others. He has also garnered recognition for the impeccable vision he brings to New York’s runways, where he has worked with fashion forward designers like Victor de Sousa, Katie Gallagher, Carlos Campos, Diesel and Narsico Rodriquez . He has been recognized by the industry’s media outlets, where he has earned Best Hair for his work during Fashion Week on several seasons. Regardless of the platform, Cesar will always create a meticulous, clean and polished look that merges structures, sexiness, and artistic allure.