Early in his career, the artist sold his sculptures door-to-door, but he soon missed having his "little characters" around him, he says on his website. That inspired him to master the art of reproducing his works. It worked. People can't get enough of his nostalgic, detail-oriented creations. "I am still in awe anytime I visit the gallery. The man is a genius, I love the way he captures life," said one voter.