Ray Villafane is a New York artist whose passion for art was apparent at an early age. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City , Villafane took the career path of teaching where he discovered his talent for pumpkin carving. What began as small requests from parents and local businesses, turned into a recognition of his work nationally. The Food Network contacted him to compete in their Outrageous Pumpkins Challenge in 2008 where he received first place. A few years later he was asked back to defend his title and granted first place again. After two incredible wins his work received the attention it so rightly deserved. Now he enjoys the life as a famous artist who’s work even resides in the White House. In his latest creation, Villafane transformed two of the world’s heaviest pumpkins into a zombie-land masterpiece.
Photos courtesy of The New York Botanical Gardens