Mei Kanamoto

Mei Kanamoto

Currently living in Tokyo, Japan.  Mei Kanamoto is a multimedia artist, working as art director and  illustrator.

  Born in Miyazaki, Japan. Mei graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York where she studied illustration.  Mei’s notable work includes New York’s Metropolitan Opera’s winter holiday campaign “Holiday Magic at The Met,” in which she created a series of characters and illustrations.  Her works have been shown at numerous exhibitions in New York, Rhode Island and Manila. 

Mei illustrates in various mediums for both work and pleasure taking her inspiration from her daily life, fashion and other creative people around her. Mei is known for her colorful, vivid and playful drawings filled with her passion for life and art. While her skills lie in her versatility and ability to adapt to various style and medium, she finds herself drawn to folk arts, polish posters, and patterns.  

Awards & Recognition

The ASIFA-East Animated Film Award 2018 , NY

International Motion art award 2018, NY

Society of illustrators student competition show 2017, NY

Society of illustrators student competition show 2016, NY

Society of illustrators Zankel scholarship Nominee  2016, NY


Holborn Magazine Issue 8 - UK 2018

Sombremesa Magazine Issue 4 - 2018

Timeout Magazine - NY  2017

PlayBill - NY  2017

The New Yorker ads - NY 2017


Melted City 4 - Yui Gallery Brooklyn NY 2019

Kitchen Sink -  The New school Parsons  NY 2018

Melted City 4 - Quezon, philippines,  RISD Providence &, Yui Gallery NY 2017

Primix fine art show - NY 2016

Work experience.

Art director  & illustrator - monopo Tokyo 2018 - 2019

Design assistant - David Stark design Production 2018

Editorial illustration and animation - Metropolitan Opera NY 2018

Graphic and illustration assistant - London in New York  2017

Colorist - Edward Goreyfoundation 2017 - 2019

Colorist - Steven Guarnaccia, 2017

Social media & graphic design - Proêmes de Paris 2016

Artist assistant - Zigi Ben-Haim Studio 2015

Image editor- Curatious 2015

Assistant to stylist- Elle Fashion Magazine Thailand 2014

Assistant to graphic designer - BOYY BAG 2014

Freelance LOGO design and Branding design - For several independent company and artists. 2014- ongoing