Antonio Masi was born in Italy in 1940 and immigrated to the United States with his parents and seven siblings in 1947. After studying at The High School of Industrial Art and receiving a scholarship to the School of Visual Arts, Masi continued his studies at The Art Students League of New York. Masi began his professional career as a commercial artist, working for city publications and art agencies. During this time he earned his B.A. in art history.
Currently Masi is the president of the American Watercolor Society. He has had articles in American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, Newsday, and Watercolor magazine and was the subject of a 2008 feature in The New York Times titled “A Painter’s Brush With the Bridges of New York.” In addition, Masi has appeared in PBS’s Sunday Arts, NBC-TV Weekend Today in New York, and The New York Times’ 2014 “Living City: A Tale of Two Bridges” video. The artist has been the subject of several exhibitions, including a 2009 solo show for The New York Centennial Commission of the Queensboro Bridge, a 2010 solo exhibition at Forbes Galleries (New York City), a solo exhibition at the Salmagundi Club (New York City), and more.
Masi has received numerous awards from the American Watercolor Society (including the Dolphin award), and is a member of several professional art groups and leagues. Fordham University Press published a book on his paintings titled New York’s Golden Age of Bridges, with essays by Joan Marans Dim.
Masi is currently represented by Phyllis Lucas Gallery (New York City), and Trapani Art & Frame (Garden City and Manhasset, NY).