Rodrigo Vásquez M “VARITO”, originally from San Jose, Costa Rica, has been involved in arts since he was 7yrs, Graduate as a Musician and with a Bachelor's in Hotel Management. By 1990 decided to change his career to become a Florist opening his own Floral Studio in Costa Rica "Varo Flowers".
During his 25 years as a successful designer in Costa Rica, he got involved in several Floral and Event-related local projects. He becomes the first official Wedding Planner and created the first Wedding Planner Association in his country.
He travels all CentroAmerican Countries doing Floral Shows and small showrooms for several companies related to his industry
His mane still keeps an important position in the Costa Rican Wedding and Floral industry History. “How to be a Master of Ceremonies for weddings”, “Protocol for Special Events” “ How to be an Event and Conventions Master of Ceremonies”, “How to be an Event Planner”, “Creativity in the Events”, “How to Budget your Wedding and Negotiate with Vendors”, was part of his main local Seminars.
As a Floral designer with a trajectory of 30 years, He has attended masterclasses with KiKe Leon (Spain), Ruben Conza AIFD (Puerto Rico), Rafael Toro (Colombia), Mery Perry White AIFD, Gregor Lersch (Germany), Mario Fernandez AIFD(USA), Armando Ayala AIFD(Mexico), Phill Rulloda AIFD, Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, Pim van der Akken, Francoise Weeks, Rene Van Rems AIFD, Deborah de La Flor AIFD, as many other International master Teachers.
2014 moved to the United States to begin his journey to becoming an AIFD.
2016 earned his FSMD (Florida State Master Designer) credentials and his FPCF (Florida Professional Certified Florist by the Florida State Florists Association.
Some accomplishments include:
2012, '14 and '16 Online BARCELONA WORLD FLOWER CUP competition
2015- Designer of the Year – Florida East Coast Floral Association,
2015-, 3rd place in both Teleflora SUNSHINE CUP and FTD Tablescape at FSFA Annual Convention.
2016- 1st Place in FTD Tablescape Competition, 3rd place both in Teleflora Sunshine Cup and Designer of the Year, and awarded scholarships to the AIFD Symposium and the Floriology program at the FSFA convention.
Also in 2016, I joined the FSFA as part of their Educational Panel and in 2021 as part of the Florida State Florist Association Board Member
On my first Symposium Ahahein 2016 when I helped my good friend and mentor Leopoldo Gomez CFD, along with a group of volunteers, create a hanging bouquet with 1600 elements.
2017 "Mythic The Mystical Wire and armatures" stage program I've created for the FSFA mid-season convention
2017 honored to be part of the first group of designers at the Jim Johnson Cup in Houston
2017,18, 19, and recently 2020 some of my Floral and Artisan Jewelry designs were published at Florist Review Magazine
2018 Georgia South State Wire Hand on Class,
2019 FTD WORLD CUP, AIFD Stage Program "Heritage"
2019 FSFA Designer of the Year,
2019 FSFA, First Place IAN PROSSER Bridal Bouquet
2019 AWAKEN Aifd Symposium Wire Hand on Class.
2020 FSFA Mid Season Convention, Stage Program BEYOND A CREATIVE MIND
2020 Top ten designer at Oasis Products Virtual Competition
2020 Virtual Class presentation for Oasis Product India
2020 Creative Book by Florist Review, (book shared with 32 global designers
2021 FSFA, First Place Bridal Bouquet Ian Prosser Cup
2021 Sylvia Cup Society of American Florist
2021 3erd Cover of the Magazine Palm Beach Illustrator (Floral Couture Gowns)
Actually Floral Director at The Special Event Resource and Design Group, Owner of R.Varito Designs and Institute (Mentoring, Classes, and consulting Floral Service)