gregorio de masi
ILLUSTRATOR | Painter | Designer
Freelance Illustrator, Painter and Designer at gregoriodemasi.com. Original paintings on canvas and wood for restaurants, hotels, and private collectors. Collaborator with interior designers and architects. Illustrator for books, 2D/3D concept art for film and gaming. 2D/3D Designer for project renderings, event marketing materials, logos.
(510) 417 - 8543
“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
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 - mom was born and raised in Los Angeles, the first U.S. born generation of her family, from Scottish immigrants (McLeod).
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 in order to avoid bullies.
I found myself getting lost in creating abstract worlds while exploring techniques I learned in art class. It was a new feeling to be able to create something from nothing - something that didn't require an explanation. It could be whatever I wanted it to be - it was empowering.
We moved to Thousand Oaks, California in the late nineties where I finished high school and went to California Lutheran University double majoring in Fine Arts and Sociology. Throughout my culture shock transition to the U.S. 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 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, The Full Monty, Stomp), and designing costumes for my alma mater'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 nightclubs and theatres, as well as live painting at nightclubs and music festivals on evenings and weekends. When the recession hit, a series of promising graphic design, illustration and painting opportunities were unfolding, so I went freelance full-time.
I've been living and working in my studio in West Oakland, California as an independent artist and designer - illustrating books, designing car graphics, designing marketing materials for nightclubs and theatres, designing parade floats, art directing, consulting for films and music videos, live painting at music festivals and concerts, developing commissioned paintings for restaurants and hotels, hosting solo and group gallery showings, designing and vending prints and apparel and original paintings at art markets and galleries.
Always eager to learn new techniques, processes and materials, I’ve most recently been self teaching 3D digital sculpting and digital music production.
VIDEO INTERVIEW SCREENING - "THE ART OF THE OAKLAND HUSTLE" - GREAT WALL OF OAKLAND @ Oakland Art Murmur
watch the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRDoDXlluBE
NEWSPAPER INTERVIEW - "THE ART OF THE OAKLAND HUSTLE", EAST BAY EXPRESS
VIDEO INTERVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRDoDXlluBE&feature=youtu.be