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Nate Culpepper

Nate “the Great” and Stacy Pineapple, talented balloon artists and art professionals from across the United States (and the world!) are the balloon power couple behind The Balloon Collective.

Nate is the rough guy of balloons with over 15 years of experience in sculpting with latex, and Stacy Pineapple is our organizational and strategic superwoman. However, BOTH share the love of bringing joy to people, strengthening their community and fostering artistic innovation.

During the COVID-19 crisis, they stayed closer to home and worked to build non-contact balloon deliveries and balloon yard art that brings joy to the Austin, Texas community.

Nate “the Great” y Stacy Pineapple, talentosos artistas de globos y profesionales del arte de todo Estados Unidos (y del mundo!) son la pareja del poder de los globos detrás de The Balloon Collective. Nate es el tipo rudo de los globos con más de 15 años de experiencia en esculpir con látex, y Stacy Pineapple es nuestra supermujer organizativa y estratégica. Sin embargo, AMBOS comparten el amor de llevar alegría a las personas, fortalecer su comunidad y fomentar la innovación artística. Durante la crisis de COVID-19, se quedaron más cerca de casa y trabajaron para construir entregas de globos sin contacto y arte de patio de globos que brinde alegría a la comunidad de Austin, Texas.

Vincenzo Musto

🇺🇸   Vincenzo Musto began his journey into the world of balloon decoration in 1992 when he opened his first balloon shop in Napoli in Italy. Curiously he focused on various techniques and special effects but fell in love with the creativity of balloon art when he discovered twisting. He now specializes in techniques to create balloon decor with modelling balloons. In 2008 Vincenzo was invited to join Gemar’s Academia Masters. His experience and natural passion for balloons made him a natural teacher. Armed with enthusiasm he travels promoting the culture of balloons and teaching the techniques for crafting balloon decorations. Vincenzo teaches worldwide spanning the continents of Europe, Asia, Middle East and USA.

Nate “the Great” y Stacy Pineapple, talentosos artistas de globos y profesionales del arte de todo Estados Unidos (y del mundo!) son la pareja del poder de los globos detrás de The Balloon Collective. Nate es el tipo rudo de los globos con más de 15 años de experiencia en esculpir con látex, y Stacy Pineapple es nuestra supermujer organizativa y estratégica. Sin embargo, AMBOS comparten el amor de llevar alegría a las personas, fortalecer su comunidad y fomentar la innovación artística. Durante la crisis de COVID-19, se quedaron más cerca de casa y trabajaron para construir entregas de globos sin contacto y arte de patio de globos que brinde alegría a la comunidad de Austin, Texas.

Claudio Casagrande

🇺🇸 Claudio Casagrande opened his first party shop in 1991 in his home town Aprilia in Italy. He quickly realised his passion for the art of balloon decoration. Over the years he has mastered techniques to create sculptures using innovative techniques with G-link  balloons. In 2006 Claudio was invited to join Gemar’s Academia Masters. In 2008 he participated in GEMAR’s G20 and the debut of Academia. Claudio teaches all over the world, spanning the continents of Europe, Asia, Middle East and USA

Nate “the Great” y Stacy Pineapple, talentosos artistas de globos y profesionales del arte de todo Estados Unidos (y del mundo!) son la pareja del poder de los globos detrás de The Balloon Collective. Nate es el tipo rudo de los globos con más de 15 años de experiencia en esculpir con látex, y Stacy Pineapple es nuestra supermujer organizativa y estratégica. Sin embargo, AMBOS comparten el amor de llevar alegría a las personas, fortalecer su comunidad y fomentar la innovación artística. Durante la crisis de COVID-19, se quedaron más cerca de casa y trabajaron para construir entregas de globos sin contacto y arte de patio de globos que brinde alegría a la comunidad de Austin, Texas.

Lia Leottau

🇺🇸 Lia has always been creative. At first, she was dedicated to the art of makeup, until one day she offered to create an exhibition of balloons. It was fortunate, since that first exhibition gave birth to a passion for the art of balloons that has made it a world leader in the industry. As her passion and vision grew, Lia transformed into a true artist. She loves working with colors and adding accessories to create amazing and creative artworks. Her sculptures are always a little different, fun and innovative in all their beautiful details.