Carlo graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2004 where he focused his studies in the methods and practices of traditional realism. Since his graduation, he has been a full-time artist and has exhibited his works in numerous galleries across the United States. While known primarily for his mastery in still life painting, he is accomplished in figurative and landscape painting as well. Carlo works in the natural northern light that fills his studio. He is intent on creating beautiful works which capture the myriad textures, colors and forms we find all around us.
Russo was born in Philadelphia. He briefly lived in New Jersey, and New Orleans, but ended up back in Philadelphia after both moves. Considering a career as a fine artist didn’t occur to Russo until his late twenties. While he initially studied fashion at the Art Institute of Philadelphia he later realized it wasn’t a good fit for him. After graduating from the program he enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. By his fourth year he came to the realization that he was making painting worthy of showing in a gallery and selling to collectors. Painting then became a full-time job.
Visual quality is important for Russo’s subject matter. Things like texture visual appeal are important for objects to fit harmoniously with his compositions. Colors, size, and shape are similarly taken into consideration to create a unique piece. Russo’s paintings communicate a level of honesty and respect in the way his objects are rendered that mirrors that of the old masters, while still maintaining a contemporary color palette and fresh style. He takes common things and elevates them to the level of fine art.
“I’ve always thought of my work as calm and peaceful, it’s not ostentatious. If people were to say, after I was gone, that I was able to provide some beauty, calm, and peace in a chaotic world, I think that would be a pretty good outcome for me,”