gregorio de masi
ILLUSTRATOR | Designer
Illustrator and Designer at gregoriodemasi.com. Commissioned paintings on canvas and wood for restaurants, hotels, and private collectors. Collaborator with interior designers and architects. Illustrations for published books, Digital 2D/3D art for film and gaming, 3D project renderings, event marketing materials, logos. Live Painting at concerts and music festivals.
“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:
Born in Los Angeles in the early eighties to an Italian immigrant from Rome (de Masi) and the U.S. born daughter of Scottish immigrants (McLeod). The younger of two siblings.
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 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 - it was liberating.
I moved to Thousand Oaks, California in the late nineties with my parents while my brother stayed in England to attend Cambridge University. I completed my last two years high school then attended California Lutheran University, double majoring in Fine Arts and Sociology. Throughout my culture shock transition to the U.S. I was fortunate in having a few great 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, 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 catalog photography shoots for Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and West Elm. While working there during the days, 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 in my evenings and weekends. When 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 live and work 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, consulting for films and music videos, art directing, developing commissioned paintings for restaurants and hotels, live painting at music festivals and concerts, hosting solo and group gallery 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, most recently I have been self-teaching digital 3D 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