gregorio de masi
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.
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.
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