gregorio de masi

ILLUSTRATOR

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Oakland, california


Freelance illustrator at gregoriodemasi.com. Illustrations for published books, Digital 2D/3D art for film and gaming, 3D project renderings, event marketing materials, logos. Fine Art paintings on canvas and wood for restaurants and private collectors.


“Gregorio de Masi has been an inspiration to many and has a way of capturing his audience’s attention with a realism and experience that makes you feel a sense of wonderment and connection to the art displayed.” - Visual News

"In the world of Gregorio de Masi... painted images of whales and shipwrecks; patterns of dark stained wood; and sections of copper piping all mesh together in a dreamlike combination of the organic and industrial." - All The City Lights





  Born in Los Angeles in the early eighties to an Italian immigrant (de Masi, Rome) and the granddaughter of Scottish immigrants (McLeod Clan, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye). The de Masi family lived in London and Rome for most of Gregorio’s upbringing.

I began independent painting and illustrating when I started spending lunch breaks in the art attic of our London school. I found myself getting lost in creating my own abstract worlds while freely exploring techniques I learned in art class. It was empowering to be able to create something from nothing - something that didn't require an explanation. It could be whatever I wanted it to be -

I moved to Southern California in the late nineties with my parents while my older brother stayed in England to attend University. My father applied for his green card and had finally been approved to move to the United States. I completed my last two years of high school then attended a small liberal arts University, double majoring in Fine Arts and Sociology. Throughout my culture shock transition to the States I was fortunate enough to have a few free-spirited art teachers who gave me the space and materials I needed to develop at my own pace in my own independent studies.

After college I pursued my childhood dream and worked in Hollywood on feature films in the Art Department. I was also working in the costume department for Broadway touring shows (Cats, Mamma Mia, Stomp, The Full Monty, 42nd Street, and many others), and designing costumes for my alma mater's main stage theatrical productions.

IMDB: imdb.com/gregorio-de-masi

In the mid 2000’s I took a job in San Francisco in the print catalog industry, working logistics of catalog photography shoots for Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and West Elm. While working there during the days, at night and on the weekends I was designing costumes for San Francisco theatre companies, designing marketing materials for nightclubs and theatres, as well as live painting at music festivals, concert venues, and clubs. After the recession hit, a series of promising graphic design, illustration and painting opportunities were unfolding and I made the leap to freelance full-time.

I now live and work in my studio in West Oakland, California as an independent artist and designer - illustrating books, creating 3D sculpts, concept art, designing graphics and marketing materials, consulting for films and music videos, art directing, developing commissioned paintings for restaurants, live painting, hosting solo and group art showings, vending prints, apparel and original paintings at art markets and galleries.

With a never-ending drive to learn new creative techniques, processes and materials, I have most recently been self-teaching digital 3D sculpting and digital music production.


Live Painting Collaboration at   Harmony   music festival in Santa Rosa, California

Live Painting Collaboration at Harmony music festival in Santa Rosa, California

Gicleé prints on canvas - vending on The Bicycle Gallery at the Nationally heralded   Oakland Art Murmur   in Oakland, California.

Gicleé prints on canvas - vending on The Bicycle Gallery at the Nationally heralded Oakland Art Murmur in Oakland, California.

Lisbon, Portugal 2018

Lisbon, Portugal 2018

East Bay Express   interviewed me for an article about the Art of the Oakland Hustle, and my Bicycle Art Gallery   ARTICLE:    eastbayexpress.com/the-art-of-the-oakland-hustle     VIDEO INTERVIEW:    .youtube.com/watch

East Bay Express interviewed me for an article about the Art of the Oakland Hustle, and my Bicycle Art Gallery

ARTICLE: eastbayexpress.com/the-art-of-the-oakland-hustle

VIDEO INTERVIEW: .youtube.com/watch

The Bicycle Art Gallery - at   Pedalfest   bicycle festival, Jack London Square - a mobile art gallery and prints shop I hand built from up-cycled wood scraps and bike parts. I ride to art markets with it and cut down on my carbon footprint while having fun

The Bicycle Art Gallery - at Pedalfest bicycle festival, Jack London Square - a mobile art gallery and prints shop I hand built from up-cycled wood scraps and bike parts. I ride to art markets with it and cut down on my carbon footprint while having fun

TRESTLE   restaurant in  North Beach, San Francisco . Commissioned four abstract black, white and gold paintings on canvas inspired by train bridge trestle's.

TRESTLE restaurant in North Beach, San Francisco. Commissioned four abstract black, white and gold paintings on canvas inspired by train bridge trestle's.

Live Painting at   Lightning in a Bottle   music festival, California

Live Painting at Lightning in a Bottle music festival, California

Steambox Live Painting at  Monarch  nightclub & lounge in San Francisco.

Steambox Live Painting at Monarch nightclub & lounge in San Francisco.

Live Painting NYE at   Bill Graham Civic Auditorium  , San Francisco

Live Painting NYE at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco

Live Painting NYE at   Bill Graham Civic Auditorium  , San Francisco

Live Painting NYE at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco

Live Painting at   Mystic Garden Party   music festival in Northern California - 108ºF!

Live Painting at Mystic Garden Party music festival in Northern California - 108ºF!


VIDEO INTERVIEW  - "THE ART OF THE OAKLAND HUSTLE"

(Screening projected on the Great Wall of Oakland at the Oakland Art Murmur)

WATCH THE VIDEO:  youtube.com/watch?v=sRDoDXlluBE&feature=youtu.be

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NEWSPAPER INTERVIEW "THE ART OF THE OAKLAND HUSTLE", EAST BAY EXPRESS

ARTICLEeastbayexpress.com/oakland/the-art-of-the-oakland-hustle

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