Ray is a pumpkin carving champion on American TV's Food Network channel and has done much other work that has been in the public eye. His biography is a very interesting read and you can see it here.
If I had to choose a favourite sculptor amongst all the people I love, as hard as that maybe to do, I would have to pick Ray. Anyway, gushing admiration aside, here is a selection of his amazing work. If you want more Ray has a Facebook page here or you can visit Ray Villafanes website here
Quick note, Ray does sell some pumpkin carving related items, first and foremost he has a video tutorial, available as both a download and a physical DVD. The DVD has some extra tutorials as a bonus as well. Ray also has a book, contaning photographs of his work. And the toolset used by Ray is also available to buy. I haven't seen the video yet myself, but have been assured by a friend that it is very good. I don't think there are probably that many pumpkin carving DVD's out there to choose from so would have to say this is going to be the best choice!
A video of Ray working on a world record pumpkin can be seen here, well worth the watch to see this monstrosity being made!!!
Let the Eye Candy Commence!