I had originally planned to do a “Top 10…” post on pumpkins for Halloween. That was until I discovered Ray Villafane. After viewing Ray’s gobsmacking gallery of carved pumpkins, it would no longer have been fair to create a “Top 10″ list, as all my entries would have been Ray’s!
Ray was born in Queens, New York and displayed exceptional artistic skills from a very young age. Throughout his early life Ray astounded his fellow students and teachers with his phenomenal abilities and natural talent. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1991, and pursued a career teaching art to children. It was during this time that Ray discovered pumpkin carving, incorporating it into his lessons with the children. Encouraged by his wife, Ray decided to take his Pumpkin Carving to the next level, offering his services on a commission basis and entering various competitions throughout the states. Ray has managed to build a large and loyal following, gaining exposure from top television programs, newspapers and websites. He continues to amaze the world with his incredible skills and talent.
Here are just a few of our favourite Pumpkin Sculptures by Ray.
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