Newest Members of the Ripley Family!

Gilberto Rodriguez Jr. is a local artist who makes large portraits of celebrities. He doesn’t use paint, pencil, or other normal art materials.

He makes each piece by hand-dripping birthday candle wax!

It takes thousands of candles and roughly 240-300 hours to make a single portrait.

Rodriguez stopped by our offices last week to show us his work. He hauled the 4×4 foot portraits in a rented van.

Edward Meyer, our VP of Archives & Exhibits, asked for a few volunteers to assess the “Hollywood Recognizability Factor” of these pieces.

We all gathered to give the art a once over. Immediately we could tell who each portrait was.

Be on the lookout for Charlize Theron, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johanson, and Sandra Bullock, coming soon to a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorum near you!

See the process



Scarlett Johanson


Sandra Bullock

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Katy Perry

Katy Perry