We have the winner! -- Announcing winners and honorable mentions of Japan Day Art Contest 2017.

Japan Day selects a Japan Day Official Artist each year, whose artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park and will be used for our official poster, program, flyer and T-shirts. Japan Day Official Artist will also receive a special prize, a pair of round-trip economy class tickets to Japan, provided by ANA

Additionally, several entries will receive honorable mentions. All winners will receive a digital camera provided by Nikon Inc. Moreover, their artwork will be displayed at an exhibition space on the 18th floor of the Consulate General of Japan in New York. All winners will be honored at an award ceremony on the day of the event.



Marcelo Maziero is a 3D artist/animator, who works for ABC News Good Morning America since 2009. He was born in Brazil, and since an early age drawing has always been one of his passions. After finishing art school in Brazil, Marcelo moved to NYC where he took animation classes at NYU to pursue a career as a 3D artist, since then he has worked on many projects for film and television. Since 2014, he has been studying Japanese language and culture, being a part of Japan day NYC is a great honor for him. In his free time, he enjoys wood working, designing, and building artisanal Taikos, Japanese style drums.



Biography: born 1994 in Russia, Toma is a NYC-based illustrator. She grew up on Sakhalin Island which is right above Japan. Imported Japanese products with their package designs influenced her since childhood and some of it has become a part of her visual language. Her work is inspired by Japanese bubblegum wraps, IKEA manuals and Russian Constructivism. This year she is graduating from the School Of Visual Arts. 


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JURORS (In Alphabetical Order)

  • Peter Ciaccia, President, Events, and Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon

  • Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

  • Sebastian Masuda, Art Director & Artist <Special Juror>

  • David Revere McFadden, Chief Curator Emeritus, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

  • Kurao Onouchi, President & CEO, Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management (U.S.A.), Inc. (President of Japan Day Inc.)

  • Cora Rosevear, Former Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York           

  • Reiichiro Takahashi, Ambassador and Consul-General, Consulate General of Japan in New York (Honorary Chairman of Japan Day Inc.)

  • Kumiko Yoshii, President, Gorgeous Entertainment (Executive Producer of Japan Day @ Central Park)


Grand Prize winner < Japan Day Official Artist 2017 >:

  • A pair of round-trip Economy Class tickets to Japan provided by ANA*

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.

Sebastian Award winner:

  • A special prize signed by Sebastian Masuda

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.

All winners including Honorable Mentions:

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.

All winners’ artwork will be displayed at an exhibition space on the 18th floor of the Consulate General of Japan in New York.

*A pair of round-trip economy class tickets to Japan (JFK – Tokyo/Narita), exclusive of any applicable taxes and fees as well as travel expenses in Japan such as accommodations.