If you thought you could carve a mean, scary pumpkin, you might want to check out Ray Villafane’s pumpkin carvings. Ray’s Halloween pumpkins are so hauntingly lifelike that they often inspire stunned silence and awe. Not bad for a guy who’s allergic to pumpkin. (His skin and eyes get really itchy after a couple of days of carving. At a very young age Ray showed a knack for art; a passion that his mother approvingly encouraged him to pursue. Throughout his academic career, Ray’s classmates and teachers also recognized his natural artistic abilities. Ray graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1991 and moved on to become a teacher. It was during his teaching tenure that Ray began “dabbling” in pumpkin sculpting, initially as projects with his students. After several custom-carved requests from students’ parents, Ray realized he was on to something with his pumpkins and started offering them to local hotels and restaurants. It became his fall hobby for several years and then turned into a business – Villafane Studios.
Here is a sampling of Ray’s pumpkin art.