MICHAEL RUSSO whose artistic career as a sculptor was interrupted when he become involved in the political and social struggles of the Great Depression. As a member of the Communist Party of the United States, he was active in organizing trade unions, fighting fascism, and broadening the Civil Rights movements. During World War II, Russo served in the United States Army. After twenty-five years away from art, Russo resumed his career as an artist and painted full-time from 1960 to his dead in 1998. Russo’s works are included in numerous corporate and private collections and in the permanent collections of several museums. Three major paintings by Russo, “Descent from the Tree, No. 2”, “Selma” and “Segamore # 3”, are in the permanent collection of UMass Boston.
1931 Yale University School of Fine Arts. New Haven, Connecticut
1976 Blanche E. Coleman Award: Painting.
1975 Boston 200- Bicentennial Painting Commission.
1932 Prix de Rome: First Honorable Mention: Sculpture.