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Pen Name — He is known as Madeira Desouza, a male Las Vegas artist who is openly gay. He was born and raised in California’s central coast region.

His pen name grew from his Portuguese heritage and parents. Most people refer to him by his nickname, Woody. The word madeira is Portuguese for wood. The surname Desouza is a variation of the surname Souza from his mother’s side.

Who is he? — This man is a genuine person who grew up in a small town. This may explain his preference for developing close, down-to-earth relationships with people rather than getting lost in large, sprawling population areas.

Volunteering in Las Vegas — After relocating to Las Vegas in 2012 from Washington, DC he got involved in community service volunteering within Las Vegas organizations. He served president of the Las Vegas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. He also was active in community service volunteer projects in the Rotary Club and BNI business networking in Las Vegas. Today he is a local artist member of the 18b Las Vegas Arts District Association.

Background — Online searches reveal that the pen name Madeira Desouza can be traced to the year 1996 appearing in online commentaries and stories. The internet domain name MadeiraDesouza.com was registered in 2007 and its registration has been maintained continuously since then. Ten years later the 3D digital images created by Madeira Desouza started appearing online. His visual works have been present online continuously ever since. In 2021 a Madeira Desouza podcast specializing in taboo fiction and his renegade artwork was launched. By Fourth Quarter 2023 this podcast had exceeded 128,000 listeners around the world.

Community of Artists —

It is very easy to search online and find artists who create visual works similar to the styles, themes and narratives for which Madeira Desouza is known. All the artists listed here owe a debt of gratitude to three influential gay male artists in the twentieth century.

**A man from Europe known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland (1920 – 1991) profoundly influenced the creation of likenesses of men during the late twentieth century. His hand-drawn works of homoerotic art emphasize hypermasculine traits and behaviors of male characters which he created following his eyewitness observations of men and their appearances and intimate behaviors during the era of Nazi Germany.

**American George Quaintance (1902 – 1957) is remembered for his hand-drawn art depicting idealized men with muscular bodies in the nude.

**Domingo Orejudos, a prolific male artist of color from Chicago (1933 – 1991) used two pen names, Etienne and Stephen. His hand-drawn masculine gay male likenesses still influence artists to this day.

Alternatives to Gay Stereotyping — These three male artists chose to create masculine characters who were shown finding sexual pleasures in other men. Taken together, their works counter negative stereotyping of gay men. Instead of reinforcing what the dominant straight culture perceives to be true of gay men—weak feminized males with effeminate speech and provocative affectations—the gay male characters created by Tom of Finland, Quaintance and Orejudos depict icons of strongly powerful masculinity along with mental and physical strengths.

The Present Day — Here is a curated list with links to artists from all over the globe to guide your explorations into this fascinating word of 3D digital art creations (not AI renders) which are focused upon male characters minus the anti-gay stereotyping:

3D-Waxx visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com An admirer of male pin-up iconography, 3D-Waxx (France) depicts male characters who demonstrate an artistic beauty and attractiveness, almost to convey the artist’s vision of an idealized male. — https://www.deviantart.com/3d-waxx
Albron visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Alex Bronnings (France) builds upon his level of experience from over decade to create strongly memorable images of male characters. — https://www.deviantart.com/albron111
Bhodahamna visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Bhodahamna Thorvan (Germany) uses DAZ Studio to create unforgettable and appealing masculine male characters. — https://www.deviantart.com/bhodahamna
Channing3D visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Channing (U.S.A.) shares sexy and cocky pinup images of men worldwide in one of the most easily-recognized visual styles you will find anywhere today. — https://www.deviantart.com/channing3d>
JJ Chase (Arenafighter) visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com JJ Chase (U.S.A.) specializes in depicting realistic and violent scenes of male characters in arena fighting modes which often culminate in injury and death. — https://www.deviantart.com/arenafighter1
Choppski visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Choppski (U.S.A.) is renowned worldwide for his male characters with big cocks that are not meant to be ignored or disregarded. — https://www.deviantart.com/choppski
ChuckieFuckie79 visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com ChuckieFuckie79 (U.S.A.) has a consistent style of depicting male characters who are masculine yet vulnerable. — https://www.deviantart.com/chuckiefuckie79
Darzon68 visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Darzon68 (U.S.A.) depicts male characters which emphasize a strong emotional value for the viewer. — https://www.deviantart.com/darzon68
Desouza of Vegas visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Madeira Desouza of Las Vegas, Nevada (U.S.A.)—that’s me. I am renowned for my rebel and renegade male art since 2007. I’m the gay male artist who is responsible for this website. — https://www.deviantart.com/desouzaofvegas
DigitalMalePinUps visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com DigitalMalePinups (U.S.A.) gay male artist whose male characters are depicted with a strong flair for visual excitement. — https://www.deviantart.com/sondheimfreak
Ephorox visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Ephorox (Thailand) has more than a decade of experience creating visually stunning fantasy male characers. — https://www.deviantart.com/ephorox
Gabo-art visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Gabo-Art (Mexico) is known for his exciting and realistic 3D male characters. https://www.deviantart.com/gabo-art
Harald020 visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Harald Seiwert (Netherlands) is a gay man who is graphic designer, photographer and digital artists whose works are easily recognizable for their honesty and emotions. — https://www.deviantart.com/harald020
Homoeros visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Homoeros (Portugal) is an artist and writer who expresses an addiction to DAZ Studio. — https://www.deviantart.com/homoeros
Iyakoo visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Iyakoo (Thailand) has two decades of experience creating masculine male characters which are visually stunning. — https://www.deviantart.com/iyakoo
JaketheJakester visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com JaketheJakester (U.S.A.) from Texas favors comic-book style and photorealistic male characters with a bluntness not often emphasized as he does. — https://www.deviantart.com/jakethejakester
Jepe visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Jepe (Germany) is an accomplished digital artist whose worldwide reputation in undeniable due to his creation and marketing of digital assets for purchase for artists to use in apps such as DAZ Studio. — https://www.deviantart.com/jepegraphics
Jero-Art visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Jero-Art (U.S.A.) portrays extremely masculine looking men as a way of communicate his vision of what an idealized male looks like and how he behaves. — https://www.deviantart.com/jero-art
Kaos3D visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Kaos3D (United Kingdom) started over 30 years ago as a 2D artist but then morphed into 3D digital art to create some of the most captivating male characters available to be viewed online today. — https://www.deviantart.com/kaos3d
Kevizz visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Kevizz (Trinidad and Tobago) a prolific 3D artist in the genre of gay erotic art and who specializesg in depicting muscular men, superheroes, daddies, and cowboys. — https://www.deviantart.com/kevizz
Khael93 visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Khael93 (Finland) a transman who explores the world of 3D digital art and produces masculine men with a clear vulnerability. — https://www.deviantart.com/khael93
Lundquist visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Kurt Lundqvist (U.S.A.) renowned for producing stunning 3D digital art of masculine male characters for a couple of decades; his visual style is easily-recognized for its realism and sense of masculine adventure. — https://www.deviantart.com/lundqvist
Makaula visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Makaula (U.S.A.) gay male artist, book author, graphic designer and novelist who produces high masculine male characters with realism and clarity. — https://www.deviantart.com/makaula
Mal3Imagery visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Mal3Imagery (U.S.A.) uses 3D digital art to express his interest in fantasy as well as photorealistic male portraits. — https://www.deviantart.com/mal3imagery
MarcusWrestle visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com MarcusWrestle (Germany) specializes in male characters who are handsome, muscular, well-endowed and sexy as seen in erotic fighting scenarios. — https://www.deviantart.com/marcuswrestle
MGMOZ visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com MGMOZ (Australia) is a former theatre lighting technician who stepped into the world of 3D digital art with stunning scenes of masculinity and male peril. — https://www.deviantart.com/mgmoz
MSAngelFood visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com MSAngelFood (U.S.A.) is a female 3D digital artist who produces appealing male peril imagery with strong erotic themes. — https://www.deviantart.com/msangelfood
Obieblu visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Obieblu (China) is an American interactive designer living in Shanghai who specializes in male pinups, fantasy art along with his original male characters. — https://www.deviantart.com/obieblu
ParagonIllusions visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com ParagonIllusions (U.S.A.) strives for realistic-looking scenes or highly masculine men for a gay male audience minus exaggerated, freakish proportions. — https://www.deviantart.com/paragonillusions
Planet-gay-comic visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Planet-gay-comic (Switzerland) emphasizes muscular, masculine men in richly-detailed scenes and scenarios often depicting men in peril. — https://www.deviantart.com/planet-gay-comic
Priapus of Milet visit this artist's website Priapus of Milet is active online and recognizable for highly masculine male characters often embroiled in perilous adventures. — https://thepriapusofmilet2.blogspot.com
RJQueen visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com RJQueen (U.S.A.) strives for visually-appealing works depicting masculine male characters using digital manipulation combining imagery of objects and men in a decidedly queer theme.https://www.deviantart.com/rjqueen
Sagitarian71 visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Sagitarian71 (Spain) emphaizes masculine male characters and depicts them in scenes set in the known physical world.https://www.deviantart.com/sagitarian71
SparkieShock visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com SparkieShock (Canada) is an artist, filmmaker and composer who 3D digital art depicts highly masculine men enduring (or not) the effects of electricity upon their naked bodies.https://www.deviantart.com/sparkieshock
Telemachus visit this artist's website Telemachus (U.K.) is the pseudonym for a 3D digital artist and curator of a vast collection of images and stories enjoyed by gay men. — https://telemachus12.com
UncannyValet visit this and other artists at DeviantArt.com Uncanny Valet (New Zealand) creates inspiring male characters and content using DAZ Studio.https://www.deviantart.com/dazstupido

Further Explorations — I have also created an additional curated list with links to help you explore further beyond the artists who use 3D digital art methods to depict male characters often in danger or peril. Many of these are websites which are known for their taboo material:

Anti-Heroes — Highly masculine illustrations of sexy males.
The Explicit Art of Bastille (1929 – 1990)
Balasco — Masculine male comix
BDB: Black Dirty Bear — Images, stories and themes similar to those of Madeira Desouza
Boundex — Male artist specializing in depicting men in bondage situations
Carcel, Mike — Hand-drawn explorations male-on-male torture and executions
Chris’s Muscle Artwork — Artist from Poland who creates images of exaggerated masculinity
Cute Dead Guys — Online forum specializing in graphic images and videos of dead men
Depictions of Death — Illustrations of men in scenes of death and dying
Fillion, Patrick — Where sequential art collides with beautiful men
Fraser, Robert — Comic book style depictions of men
Hasegawa, Sadao — Highly influential Japanese arts depicting male bondage and torture
Man2Man Alliance — Coalition of men who practice frot (phallus-against-phallus) sex
Kalabro — Erotic art depicting men, muscles, S&M, bondage
Kirwan Arts — Stimulating art from Michael Kirwan (1953 – 2018)
Malex — Line drawings of male-on-male hazing, torture and execution
Mitchmen — Gay BDSM, fetishes, gay pride
MSSF — The art of male muscle shown in older, masculine men
Odegaard, Olaf (1938 – 1997) explicit hand-drawn masculine male art
Tagame, Gengoroh — Still living and continuing to be a highly influential gay erotic artist
Tam’s Art — Masculine male line drawings and erotic fantasies
Warriors — Verile images of warriors through the ages

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