"As long as I can remember, I have always been interested in art," Mr Semper tells NDTV. He reveals that as a child in Spain's Madrid, he often visited museums and attended adrenaline-pumping bullfights. He remembers excitedly drawing and painting what he saw when he got home.
"I moved to the States years later, had a family and became a home builder," the Cuba-born artist and sculptor adds. "I put my art on hold and forgot about it."
"When the housing crisis hit in 2008, I lost my business and lost everything I had worked for. It was a time to reflect on my true self and what I loved so I started to draw and taught myself to paint," he says.
It was an accidental snow sculpture, Mr Semper explains, that provoked his interest in the artform. "That was the beginning of my self-discovery to find myself in art," he says.
He began experimenting with paper sculptures as he felt if he was going to pursue a successful career in sculpture, he had to be "totally different" from everything out there.
Explaining how he typically creates his stretchable art sculptures, a huge hit on social media, Mr Semper says he begins by gluing sheets of paper together - a larger bust can take up to 7,000 sheets of paper. Using sandpaper, he then carefully carves the paper block into the desired shape. The process finally ends with him painstakingly painting the paper sculpture, with incredible attention to detail.
The process can take anywhere from a few days to several months, depending on the size of the sculpture.
Mr Semper says he's enjoying the attention that his work has been receiving on social media but adds it does not deter him from creating more and more art each day. "I live to create! It is my drug," he exclaims. Click for more trending news
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