gregorio de masi
ILLUSTRATOR | Painter | Designer
Freelance Illustrator, Painter and Designer at gregoriodemasi.com. Original paintings on canvas and wood for restaurants, offices, and private collectors. Experienced collaborator with architects and interior designers. Freelance illustrator for books, concept art, film, gaming. Graphic Artist/Designer for printed marketing materials, logos, 2D/3D project renderings.
(510) 417 - 8543
“Gregorio de Masi has been an inspiration to many and has a way of capturing his audiences’ 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
ORIGINAL PAINTINGS AVAILABLE:
PRINTS & APPAREL:
East Bay Express: eastbayexpress.com/art-of-oakland-hustle
Refined Arts: youtube.com/gregorio-de-masi-interview
Oakland Local: oaklandlocal.com/the-oakland-art-hustle
My Modern Met: mymodernmet.com/gregorio-de-masi
Fog City Journal: fogcityjournal.com/fog-city-artist
I was born in Los Angeles in the early eighties two years after my older brother. Our Papa is an Italian immigrant, born and raised in Rome - our mom was born and raised in Los Angeles, the first U.S. born generation of her family, from Scottish immigrants.
Our family lived in London and Rome for most of our upbringing. I began independent painting and illustration when I started spending my lunch breaks in the art attic of our London school -
I found myself getting lost in creating abstract worlds while exploring shading techniques I learned in art class. It was a new feeling to be able to create something that didn't require an explanation. It could be whatever I wanted it to be -
We moved to Los Angeles in the late nineties where I finished up high school and went to a liberal arts university double majoring in Fine Arts and Sociology. Throughout my culture shock transition to the states I was fortunate to have a few great art teachers who gave me the space and materials I needed to develop at my own pace in my own independent study.
After college I worked in Hollywood on feature films in the Art Department. I was also working in the costume department for Broadway touring shows, and designing costumes for my alma matter's main stage theatrical productions.
I took a job in San Francisco in the print catalog industry, working logistics of photo shoots for a major high-end furniture catalog retailer. While working there I was also designing costumes for San Francisco theatre companies, designing graphics for music production crews and theatres, as well as live painting at nightclubs and music festivals in the evenings and weekends. When the recession hit, I had a series of promising graphic design, illustration and painting opportunities unfolding, so I went freelance -
I've been living and working in my Victorian studio in West Oakland, California as an independent artist and designer since 2010 - illustrating books, designing car graphics, designing marketing materials for nightclubs and theatres, rendering and building parade floats, art directing, consulting for films, live painting at music festivals and concerts, hosting solo and group art gallery showings, selling prints and apparel and original paintings at art markets and galleries.
My current focus is acrylic painting on canvas - creating abstract and surreal works in black and white and full color - and commissioned paintings for professional clients and private collectors.
Always pushing myself to learn new techniques, processes and materials, I’ve most recently been experimenting with 3D digital sculpting, digital illustration, and digital music production.