Bio provided by ABC.
NAME: EDUARDO XOL
HOMETOWN: East Los Angeles, California
BIRTHDATE: February 19
REALITY TV GIG: Designer/Landscape Artist on the ABC Television Network's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
A love affair with outdoor living and landscape design began at a very early age for Eduardo Xol (pronounced "soul"). His first exposure to gardening was through his beloved grandmother. As a child, he and his brother and sister spent a great deal of time with her in the family garden where they learned the art of raising roses and plants. He remembers fondly how his grandmother loved to share the beautiful bouquets they grew with neighbors and family members. Upon seeing the smiles and warmth that it brought into people's lives, Eduardo began to see the fruits of what would become one of his greatest passions.
Born in East Los Angeles, Eduardo's multicultural experience of being raised in a predominantly Asian and Latino community shapes his aesthetic influences as a landscape designer. Throughout his life, he assisted his father in raising and pruning Bonsai. This hobby gave him a deep appreciation for shape, texture and clean lines. His strong connection to his Mexican heritage gives him a love of rich, vibrant colors and rhythm in the garden.
Before breaking ground as a landscape designer, Eduardo was an accomplished keyboardist and percussionist. He was one of the youngest musicians to be scouted and selected to perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of ten. But Eduardo's passion for the arts extends beyond playing music. While studying theatre arts at UCLA, he produced several hit musical theatre and comedy revues that toured throughout the U.S. Shortly thereafter, he headed south to Latin America, where he found fame as a star of music, television and videos. He starred in several worldwide-syndicated telenovelas (soap operas), including "Sentimientos Ajenos," "La Jaula de Oro" and Acapulco Cuerpo y Alma."
During his time in Mexico, Eduardo also found time to produce music and videos. His production company worked with music producer Benny Rietveld of Carlos Santana fame and Mexican superstars Luis Miguel and Pilar Montenegro. Eduardo's partnership with BMG Latin produced his first solo album, "La Pasion," for which he was nominated for Premio Lo Nuestro's Artist of the Year, alongside Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin. His representation of the United States at the International Music Festival at Vina Del Mar, Chile brought his appeal to a worldwide audience. Soon, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Somos magazines featured the charming and down to earth Eduardo as one of Latin America's most eligible and gorgeous bachelors.
Over the last few years, Eduardo has transferred his experience in musical composition and television production into the world of exterior design. "Whether it be in a concert, on screen or in a garden, the importance of harmony in composition is universal," explains Eduardo. After assisting other well-known landscape designers and architects in Los Angeles, he began developing his own design niche and clientele. His firm, Xol Creative, works on projects that range from backyard makeovers and balcony retreats to multi-million dollar estates.
In his spare time, Eduardo writes and speaks to groups about gardening and outdoor entertaining. He enjoys sharing easy at-home tips to cultivate and bring the beauty of nature into our everyday lives.
Having divided his time between the United States and Mexico for the past two decades, Eduardo now makes Los Angeles his permanent home. However, he's excited by the opportunity that "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" gives him to visit the many wonderful cities that truly make up the heart and soul of America.