In 1972, Vinícius Cantuária became a sideman for several artists like Luiz Melodia, Jorge Mautner, Gilberto Gil, and Caetano Veloso.
Vinícius Cantuária recorded his first solo album in 1983, "Vinícius Cantuária". Then, he toured internationally with Chico Buarque. In 1989 he recorded an album in Portugal. In 1993 he recorded the album "Tigres de Bengala". In the '90s, Vinícius Cantuária moved to the U.S, where he has released five studio albums including "Sol Na Cara", "Tucumã", "Vinicius", "Horse & Fish" and "Silva".