Welcome everyone, my name is Mitsuhiro Kono, but most know me as Hiro. I'm an artist that works in all types of mediums and styles. Growing up I was surrounded by my creative family, and being the youngest, I was always helping with various projects, drawings, or models. When I wasn’t busy with projects, I was watching cartoons or Disney movies, or watching my brothers playing video games. I used to run down to the local comic store to look at the comics or the figurines on the shelves, and on the way home I would walk around my neighborhood seeing all the different architecture and landscapes: in short, the world was a wonder. There have been many places and things that have changed and inspired me as an artist.
A lot of my art inspirations come from my hometown in New Jersey, and the many places I’ve visited. I've been up and down the east coast, traveled to Germany to visit family, and drove across the United States multiple times. There have been so many experiences and beautiful scenery I've seen in my travels. Everywhere I’ve been and everything I’ve seen has become a memory and an inspiration that contributes to the pieces of work I create today.
Some of my hobbies are designing 3D models in my spare time, playing video games, watching movies and shows, and listening to music. I tend to listen to various types of music while I draw- everything from classical to EDM. My sense of music is open to the sensation that I feel during any given time, and really contributes to what I’m drawing in the moment.
As for my education, I started at Bergen Community College, where I joined Phi Theta Kappa and graduated with my Associates in Arts. I then transferred to William Paterson University, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my Bachelors in Fine Art, with a concentration in 3D Modeling and Animation.
To end I share this quote with you all, in hopes that it will inspire you as it has inspired me: "Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." Ernest Hemingway