Mary Jo Matsumoto is an American artist and during her former 14-year career as a designer, animals, ocean life and mythology were repeating motifs in her textiles and jewelry. These life-long themes intertwine and unfold in her paintings and sculptures.
Born in Fort Benning, Georgia, Mary Jo grew up in California and graduated from U.C. Berkeley with degrees in Film and Rhetoric. During this time she studied painting at Parson’s School of Painting in Florence, Italy. She went on to earn her M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Mary Jo created a line of handbags and fine jewelry sold in over 300 stores worldwide from 1999-2015. She was also also a contributing editor to various magazines and newspapers and founder/editor of TrustYourStyle.com for over a decade. TrustYourStyle’s content was available for feeds that included The New York Times, CNN and Money.com.
She began studying painting, drawing and sculpture in 2015 at the Art Students League of New York and attended Angel Academy of Art in Florence Italy before returning to New York to study painting and sculpture from 2018-2020.
Mary Jo now lives, paints and takes commissions in Santa Barbara, California. When she isn't painting, she interviews inspiring painters and sculptors at her site, Fox and Bunny.
Art Students League of New York, Bronze Show, 2019
Art Students League of New York, Bronze Show, 2015
Lurhing Augustine Visual AIDS Postcards From the Edge, 2015
Red Dot; Art Students League of New York, Bronze Show, 2019
Blue Dot; Art Students League of New York, Bronze Show 2015
Co-author, editor and contributing artist, Journey to the Inner Child Workbook
LINEA, The Artists Voice