Michelangelo Russo was born in 1962 in rural Campobasso, Southern Italy.
Michelangelo absorbed painting techniques during his apprenticeship to a local well known artist, Franco Iannelli. He also studied architecture and graphic design. This rich and diverse range of influences is apparent in all his work.
Michelangelo held his first solo exhibition in Rome in 1988. In 1990 after several shows in Italy, he visited Berlin, where he soon felt a strong affinity with the cities artistic energy. He became absorbed by this powerful artistic and cultural mecca. Michelangelo established a studio in the heart of East Berlin, which at this time, shortly after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, was fertile artistic ground for young pioneering artists. He staged two critically acclaimed solo shows in Berlin based upon his output from this highly creative Berlin “period”.
Michelangelo has had a lifelong interest not only in painting but also music. He has toured Europe as a musician playing concerts and experimental music festivals, and has appeared on several seminal recordings. He collaborated widely with musician/songwriter/producer Hugo Race, and composers/musicians Wendy Morrison and Andrew Ogburn amongst others, appearing in many of their projects, recordings and performances.
In 1994 he took up residence in Australia where he has had a number of highly successful solo exhibitions. Since 2002 Michelangelo abandoned oils and acrylics to employ exclusively Encaustic. He now runs regularly lessons and workshops on Encaustic Painting from his studio. Michelangelo’s work features in private collections in Australia, Cuba, Germany, China, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA.