Mary Jo Matsumoto’s oil paintings, drawings and bronze, and ceramic sculptures draw on her own life experiences as well as broader themes of family dynamics, feminism and stepping into the power of the true self. Her influences include psychology, mythology, mysticism, and world religions.
Mary Jo Matsumoto was born in Fort Benning, Georgia. She received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and an M.F.A. from New York University. After working as a fashion designer for 14 years with designs in over 300 stores worldwide, she went on to study painting, drawing, and sculpture at the Art Student’s League of New York and spent a year at Angel Academy of Fine Art in Florence, Italy.
Currently, Mary Jo lives in New York City, where she continues to paint, sculpt and accept commissions.