Instagram: @hiroshimasud

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

Hello, My name is Hiroshi Masuda. I am a Japanese graphic artist working in Tokyo. I started traveling around the world in 2017. Ten thousand dollars were stolen from me by a drugging-robbery at the beginning of the trip. I started drawing passenger’s portraits on the street to earn money. I came back from the trip in over 76 countries in 2018. Afterwards, I began painting as a profession.


2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

My aesthetic is playful humor. 


3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I prefer analogue to digital, because It’s easier to make mistakes. It is interesting that it doesn’t come out as I wanted.


4. What is your artistic process like?

My process often starts from mistake. For example, I mistook an earphone for a small hair dryer. I took notes of the mistake and then expressed it on a paper.


5. Who and/or what inspires your work? 

I find inspiration in everything and everyone I see. One of the most inspirational designer is Stefan Sagmeister. His work “Everybody thinks they are right”, drawn in an elaborated pee calligraphy influenced me a lot. 

目に見えるすべてのモノや人から閃きは生まれます。好きなデザイナーのひとりはステファン·サグマイスターです。「Everybody thinks they are right」の文字をおしっこで描いた彼の作品に、たくさんの影響を受けています。

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Japanese society forces me to be an adult,  but art allows me to be a child.


7. Where did you study?

I studied while drawing portraits on the street. 


8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I would like to be a graphic artist working worldwide, collaborating with people and brands, holding exhibition overseas.


9. What about in ten?

I wish we are still alive and smiling.


10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

We have many problems in our life. I hope my art makes people smile and feel free.


11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Banana. Everyone can buy it at a reasonable price, but it has a potential to be $120,000 USD.


12. Favourite book?

Books written by Ikegaya Yuji. Through books, which are explaining the human brain, I understand people better.


13. Favourite genre of music? 

Hip Hop. 


14. What are your hobbies? 

Taking a walk in foreigner’s shoes.


15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

If I wasn’t an artist, I would just be stupid.