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Coco Masuda is an artist, illustrator, decorative painter, and designer living in Tribeca, New York City.
Originally from Tokyo, Japan, I came to study in the U.S. when I was 19. After graduating from Parsons School of Design, and made the city my home for good. I tried to live in Boston, which didn't last long, I had homes in Woodstock, NY, and on the Big Island in Hawaii, and I often go back to Tokyo, but my heart belongs to New York City.
I have worn many hats and experimented with several styles in my long career. I used to consider myself a designer who could draw, but eventually, I became an illustrator who also paint and design.
My medium used to be airbrush with acrylic, and the style graphic and stylized. But airbrushing was bad for my health, so I learned to illustrate in the same style digitally or paint with brushes. For the last ten years, I painted portraits and cityscapes in a realistic style and exhibited in both New York and Tokyo, and my portrait paintings have been collected by private clients.
Now, while I want to continue to paint portraits, I want to go back to the graphic and decorative style of the early days in both illustration and painting and be true to myself. Let's see where that takes me. This website will evolve accordingly.
My clients include:
American Express, Bloomingdale's, Chronicle Books, Crown Plaza, Delta Airlines, Discover, Dow Jones, Essence, Estée Lauder, Guidepost, Heifer International, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Merck, Marriott, Penguin Group, Perrier, Pfizer, Random House, Saatchi & Saatchi, Seventeen, Simon & Schuster, Sony Music, Starbucks, St. Martin’s Press, Target Corporation, The Harvard Common Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, United Airlines, United Nations, United States Courts, Visa, Wine Spectator