Ray Villafane, Visionary and Patriarch of the Villafane Studios Sculpting Family was born in Queens, New York. Ray graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1991. From 1993 - 2006 he was an art teacher in Bellaire, Michigan where he began dabbling in pumpkin sculpting. He is now a sculptor based in Arizona, most well-known for his 3-D style pumpkin carvings. He also works with action figure sculpting and sandsculpting.
Ray has been featured in numerous magazines with his sculptures, worked with Heidi Klum & Martha Stewart, competed on Food Network Challenge, and most recently was a finalist on "Halloween Wars."