After studying fashion design in Barcelona, Luis Venegas moved to Paris in December 1996 to work as an intern for Thierry Mugler for seven months. In 1999 he moved to Madrid to work for Spanish fashion designer Sybilla as Creative Director of Communications until 2005, followed by a brief period of nine months as Art Director for the Spanish edition of Marie Claire.
In 2004 the first issue of Fanzine137 was born, with a limited edition run of 1,137 copies. The magazine is a collection of Luis Venegas’ objects of attraction at the specific time of publication. Each issue includes a Wanted list with a dream list of contributors with whom Venegas would like to work.
Every issue is different from each other: size, theme, materials, layout and graphic design changes.
The list of contributors of Fanzine137 has included Steven Klein, Terry Richardson, Alasdair McLellan, Ryan McGinley, Christian Lacroix, Javier Vallhonrat, Tom Ford, Rodarte, Richard Prince, Tim Walker, Larry Clark, Gus Van Sant, plus interviews with Linda Evangelista, Bruce Weber, Juergen Teller, Carolina Herrera, Joe McKenna, Grace Coddington and Oliver Zahm among others. It has also posthumously presented portfolios by photographers such as Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and Francesco Scavullo.
Venegas launched his second magazine, EY! Magateen in Spring 2008. Originally the magazine was called Electric Youth!. The title of the magazine makes homage to Debbie Gibson’s 1989 song Electric Youth, taken from the album with the same name.
EY! Magateen addresses the energy, power and vitality of young males, most of them aged between 16 and 21 years old. Each new issue is about a specific country or a city and is limited to just 1000 copies. The group of young people on display in EY! Magateen is a mix of handsome unknowns: mostly models, emerging artists, actors and athletes. The magazine features quirky comments and suggestive nudity.
Issues 6, 7 and 8 featured collaborations with American Apparel.
Venegas’ third magazine, Candy was launched in October 2009. According to its slogan it is The First Transversal Style Magazine. Following the tradition of his other two magazines, Candy has an exclusive limited edition run of 1500 copies. It is a fashion and art magazine completely dedicated to celebrating transvestism, transsexuality, cross dressing and androgyny. The title of the magazine makes homage to Candy Darling.
Unlike other publications related to the LGBT community, which generally advocate for rights form a political standpoint, Candy stands out as a celebration of this lifestyle. For Venegas, “Candy isn’t about rights, but I do think the fact it [Candy] exists helps.” In an interview with The New York Times, Venegas made his statement clear:
Photographers like Bruce Weber, Terry Richardson, Steven Klein, Tim Walker, David Armstrong, Ellen von Unwerth, Ryan McGinley, Walter Pfeiffer, Juan Gatti, Daniel Riera or Danielle Levitt and writers like Tim Blanks, Derek Blasberg or Hilton Als -among others- are regular contributors.
For the launch of the second issue, Venegas collaborated with Swedish design house Acne, creating a limited run of unisex blouses named after characters from the American soap opera, Dynasty.
Invited by Christian Lacroix in 2008 he was a judge for the prestigious photography festival Rencontres d’Arles alongside Elisabeth Biondi, Caroline Issa & Masoud Golsorkhi, Nathalie Ours and Carla Sozzani.
As a Creative Director in Spring 2012 he directed a video for the launch of Loewe’s Oro Collection which became viral and highly controversial in Spain. As a result the collection sold out and it turned out to be the best seller of the year for the LMVH's Spanish brand.
In 2013 he took part as a panelist for a Fashion Seminar in Helsinki curated by Daniel Thawley in which also participated Marc Ascoli, Michel Gaubert, Jonathan Anderson, Benjamin Bruno and Karen van Godtsenhoven held at the Aalto University.
Venegas has also DJ’d in various venues around the world including Plastic in Milan, George & Dragon and Bistrotheque in London, Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Kaiku in Helsinki and at the Boom Boom Room in New York City.
He occasionally is a professor in Madrid and Barcelona.