Sculptors

Karen Fralich

Canada
Karen has been creating sand sculptures for 28 years! She has no formal art training but always loved sculpting in multiple mediums before she discovered sand. Her passion, curiosity, and many incredible mentors lead her to embrace this unusual career. To date, Karen has competed in over 145 Masters Level International sand sculpture contests, winning 28 First Place Titles, as well as 5 World Championship titles.  Her work takes her around the world, collaborating with friends, festivals, and companies in Canada, the USA, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Holland, Spain, England, UAE, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia.

Melineige Beauregard and Chris Guinto

Hawaii, USA
‘If you ain’t first, you’re last.’  This has been the family mantra since granddaddy Guinto invented fire and Chris continues to carry that torch to this day. Evident in his sculptures in which millions have made pilgrimages to witness, words like “Supernatural”,  “Divine providence” and “Number one on my bucket list” are often used to describe his sculptures. In a nutshell, as Chuck Norris once said:  “Sculpting? I leave that to Chris Guinto.”
That was true until he met his nemesis, Melineige Beauregard.
It was at that point he truly understood he might not stand at the top of the food chain anymore. Opposites attract, and like fire & water they’ve competed for the “King of the Hill” title,  pushing each other to the extreme limits of their abilities.
Sure enough, they ended up sharing the view on top of the hill, because what is a Queen without her King?
Chris and Mel are now living in Hawaii.  Sculpting sand and roaming the world, offering crocodiles management assistance in countries of need.

Matt Deibert

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Matthew Deibert was born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Living close to the beaches, Matthew spent many days playing in the sand.  As a child, Matthew showed an interest in the arts. Living close to the beach, and number 7 of 8 children, family trips to the beach were frequent.

Matthew has worked with other sculptors, some of the large events are Beach Fest Atlantic City, Super Bowl Tampa Fl., Bloomberg Manhattan, NY, Sun Fun Fest Myrtle Beach and so many more!

Deb Barrett-Cutulle

Saugus, Massachusetts

A graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, I feel blessed to make a living doing what I love! I am a full time Artist working as an Illustrator/Muralist and Sand Sculptor.  Recently I completed an 8’ X 96’ mural…as well as a 4’X 64’ mural… both of which are located under the Sargent Street Bridge here in Revere! I was introduced to sand in 2005 on Revere Beach and fell in love with it! I first got my feet wet as a Logo Carver and started competing in 2015. Another highlight of my life in the sand is being a part of “Sanding Ovations” Sand Sculpting event every November for the past 7 years. When I’m not creating with my hands you might catch me as a DJ or Hosting Karaoke with Deb & Art’s Entertainment!

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Morgan Rudluff

California. USA

Morgan is a beach-loving born and raised California girl who serendipitously stumbled into sand sculpting in 2007. By 2011, she was traveling full time, appearing on TV shows, giving media interviews, professionally competing, and spreading general joy through art and creativity to people far and wide. Rudluff considers herself to be quite privileged and very lucky to have been able to make a living doing such fun unique work, and still to this day (especially post-pandemic), is grateful for the opportunity to travel and be creative.

In 2018 Rudluff made the complicated choice to put sand sculpting on the back-burner and focus on a new career in the healing arts.  She currently works full-time as a massage therapist splitting her time between her private practice in Oakland, CA, and as a massage therapy instructor at the San Francisco School of Massage & Bodywork.  Rudluff considers all her years as a sand sculptor to have been instrumental in how she approaches bodywork: “Both of my careers have been equal parts art, design, science, composition, education, adaptability, attention to detail, creativity, intuition, and absolute love for what I am doing. Plus, I usually get to work barefoot doing both!”

When not doing massage or sand sculpting, Morgan spends her time in the Bay Area taking improv classes, working in her garden, and going to see live music.

Slavian Borecki

Poland
I am a freelance sculptor with over 26 years of experience. After graduation, I worked at the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. Since 1996 I have participated in multiple sand, snow, and ice sculpture festivals and competitions all over the world, winning numerous . Moreover, I work with bronze, stone, resin, and ice. My works have been shown in individual and collective exhibitions in many European countries.

Matsu Yoshi

Japan
At the present, there are only three internationally recognized professional sand-sculpture artists in Japan. Perhaps because of its extremely physically demanding art form, I am the only female artist among these three. After I graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts with MFA, I moved to Ogata, Kochi in 2002, on the Pacific Ocean where beautiful sand beaches extend. Initially I moved there because I wanted to live near the beach to surf. While I was working as an art instructor at local high schools, I was drawn into the creative fascination of sand-sculpture in 2008. I have been actively participating in events held in Japan since 2010, and international competitions since 2018 as a professional artist. It is my dream to pursue sands everywhere in the world to create my sand sculptures.

Hanneke Supply

Belgium
“20 years ago I had my first encounter with sand sculpting. I was doing ticket sales as a summer job for a big sand sculpture park in Brugge. Back then I was studying interior design and immediately fell for the material and atmosphere of the group of sculptors working together on a big pile of sand.
After finishing my study in 2003 I got an opportunity to sculpt sand on a project in Germany. After that I worked every job I could get to improve my skills. A couple of years later I was traveling the world doing what I loved most, making sculptures in sand, snow, Ice, and foam.”

Abe Waterman

Canada 
Abe Waterman, from PEI, Canada, has been creating artwork ever since he was old enough to eat crayons; he considered every new diaper a fresh canvas. Though some may still consider Abe’s output rather colorful, and he may still enjoy a Crayola from time to time, he now works mostly on ephemeral mediums, such as sand and snow.

Greg Grady Jr. 

 New Hampshire, USA
Greg is a self-taught artist and a 2nd generation sand sculptor. A Marine vet who calls New Hampshire’s 13-mile coastline home. What started as a summer hobby on family vacations had turned into following in the footsteps of his father. A passion has turned into a career and over the past 15 years and Greg has made sand sculptures for every event imaginable, collaborated with the world’s best sculptors, and competed professionally around the globe. Greg loves what he does and feels blessed to have found his niche in such a wondrous art form and creative community.

Damon Meri

Florida, USA
From Madeira Beach Florida, Damon is a longtime lover of the arts. His unique style and outside-the-box mindset have earned him many sand sculpting awards over the past 10 years. “My goal is to create something – that makes you feel something”. To provoke a feeling, an emotion, or a reaction, through art, is my greatest reward. As a sculptor, street painter, and artist, Damon considers himself very fortunate to be able to share his talents in competitions and festivals.

Christy Atkinson

Texas, USA
Christy Atkinson lives in Franklin, Texas, (on a 30-acre farm known as the Funny Farm) where she makes homemade jelly and creates one-of-a-kind costumes and custom clothing. “I have had some great jobs,” Atkinson said. “From working at Disney World to working as a clown for Ringling Bros. Circus. I love entertaining people. Sand is just another way to bring smiles to everyone.” This will be her first time competing in Revere Beach and she is very excited!

Bouke Atema

Netherlands
From a young age, Bouke has been passionate about biology and art. After finishing the craftsmanship of carpentry, ship interior crafts and interior design, he explored the history of old restoration methods and used these techniques in his own work. Studying at the school of Arts in Utrecht The Netherlands he worked with professionals that introduced him to sand snow and ice sculpting. He now works with the best avian photographers in Europe.

Bruce Peck

Florida, USA
Bruce was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Studying architecture at Kansas scared him far away from the arts, into a lifelong career as a CPA. His career allowed him to travel extensively and live in such beautiful places as Halifax, Nova Scotia, Portland, Oregon, and Sacramento, California. For almost 30 years, his most artistic endeavor was clipping coupons from the Sunday paper! Then he moved to the Gulf Coast of Florida. Playing on some of the best beaches in the United States turned out to be his path back to his lost love for creating art.

Andy Daily 

Florida, USA
Having grown up on Siesta Key Beach, going to school held no appeal. My guidance counselor once asked me what I planned to do, just go to the beach every day? Well, the answer to that question was a resounding yes. Sitting on the beach doesn’t pay so great so I was just thrilled when I found out I could make a living playing in the sand. It all started from me wanting to spend time with and impress my then Girlfriend (now Wife). My early works luckily got the attention of an established sand Artist and I started working on sand jobs. Wedding Proposals, Birthday parties and Corporate events provided a steady source of income and I found myself part of the sand workforce.

Albert Lucio Sr. 

Texas, USA
Albert Lucio Sr. has been sand sculpting since 2005. It’s an art form he enjoys doing with his son both as a team and as friendly rivals. Some of the events they’ve enjoyed competing both together and individually are C101 C sculptures, Marble Media Race Against the Tide, Texas Sandfest, Sandcastle Days, American Sand Sculpting Championships at Fort Myers, Blue Water Sandfest, and Yarmouth Clam Fest. Albert Sr. is also a martial arts instructor and grandfather of eight grandchildren whom he enjoys going fishing with now that he is retired.
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