CREATIVE PROCESS - ORIGIN - PURPOSE
Self-taught in what I do, my creative process forms a meditative liberating connection to the world. I am always visually and mentally sifting through everything. I look for qualities (organic, etc.) to combine as expressions of nature and/or the human condition. The creations are my materialized mental impressions. They are inspired by my evolving experience, thus forming a record of the influences on my life (sociological, architectural, environmental, etc.).
In the formation of the art, shape association plays a large part. A material or object that resembles something can represent that thing when manipulated into the context of an art piece. This can elevate ordinary materials and/or objects to a higher level by offering a fresh experience in perception. This is what I’ve always hoped to feel as a viewer of art. Physically bringing chosen elements together with artistic finesse is a major part of the challenge.
In viewing the art an intangible (but in many cases) universal human connection can be established. First the viewer recognizes a familiar form. Next there is the discovery of its unexpected structural components. Finally, there is relevance to the viewer's personal experience, if only a shared sense of humor.
Being exposed to the world, I interpret all that it gives me. I apply my creative process in sculpture (figurative, environmental, animal), print media collage, painting and design (furniture, lighting, interior, architectural, landscape). I appreciate being known as a "green" artist for my ability to imbue artistic value in and with anything I encounter in life.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2017 June Best Sculpture...."United & Proud Annual Pride Month Art Exhibit" Magnetic Pompano Gallery, Pompano
2016 July Second Place...."Red, White & Blue Exhibit" Broward Art Guild, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2016 June Best 3D Award 2015...."United & Proud Annual Art Exhibit" Pride Center at Equality Park, Wilton Manors,
2015 Jan. Honorable Mention...."Annual Island City Juried Art Competition" Art Gallery 21, Wilton Manors, FL
2014 Dec. Second Place...."Basil Broward 2014" Rossetti Fine Art, Wilton Manors, FL
2014 April Second Place and People’s Choice...."Earth" Broward Art Guild, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2014 Nov. Second Place...."64th Anniversary Members Exhibit" Broward Art Guild, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2014 Jan. Best In Show...."Art Explosion 2013" Arts United, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2013 Nov. Best In Show...."Art Bravo 2013 Juried Fine Art Competition" Artserve, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2011 Contributor Recognition...."Studio 18 In The Pines" Pembroke Pines, FL
2010 Dec.9 Proclamation: “Michael J. Russo & Gay American Heroes Day”....Office of the Mayor, Wilton Manors, FL
2010 Oct. Judge’s Recognition...."Human Image and Portrait Exhibit" Broward Art Guild at Rossetti, Pompano, FL
2010 June People’s Choice....Broward Art Guild Summer Exhibit", Wilton Manors, FL