The Wall Street Journal recently profiled SVA alumnus Ray Villafane (BFA 1992 Illustration), who by day sculpts toy action-figures for companies like DC Comics, but by night—during the month or so leading up to Halloween—turns his sculpting knife to pumpkins. Headlined “The Picasso of Pumpkin Carving,” the article highlights Villafane’s ability to create elaborately detailed Jack-o’-Lanterns, a skill that has earned him an invitation to the White House, victories on two separate Food Network pumpkin-carving shows, and $2,500-per-day for carving gigs around the country.
Since the pumpkin season is short—and since the pumpkins themselves will shrivel quickly if left alone once cut into—Villafane often works through the night, sometimes for up to 12 hours on a single carving. “I cannot stop until I feel like I’ve conquered it,” he told the Wall Street Journal.
To read the full article, visit The Wall Street Journal. Watch a video about Villafane and his pumpkin carving process below.