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Coco Masuda is an artist, illustrator, graphic designer, calligrapher, and consultant who divides time
between NYC and Copake, New York.


I wear many hats, and my creative career was interrupted by motherhood and other family circumstances, but I want to create again. On this website, you can view what I have done in the past, and I will post new work as I glide into it slowly.



With a career spanning over four decades, I created iconic illustrations for many global clients such as American Express, Estée Lauder, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Starbucks, The New York Times, United Airlines, United Nations, and United States Courts. Now, I am moving on to illustrate what I like, flora & fauna. 


Portrait paintings

After painting the smiling faces of my daughter Anna's second-grade classmates in 2008, I started getting commissions to paint their siblings. That's how my career as a portrait painter was born. After 2013, I had to stop painting while taking on other duties, but with one request from a friend, I am picking up brushes again. 

A Woman by Coco Masuda (detail)


Unlike my commercial illustrations, that is highly stylized and somewhat surreal, I used to paint people and cityscapes, in a representational style. But after a long break from painting, I am going back to my roots as a Japanese, merging illustration and painting as decorative art.  

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