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TRACCE – TRACES: Works 1992-2023

5 September, 2023 - 16 September, 2023

Three black and white film strips with greyscale images of the artist working in his studio

5 September – 16 September 2023

Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 7pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm
admission: Free

..mastery of various mediums has been demonstrated through his fascination with intricate traditional techniques …

This survey exhibition spans more than four decades of Michelangelo Russo’s evolving practice.

From Michelangelo’s early figurative and ‘political’ paintings in the 1980’s through to his distilled abstraction works in the late 1990’s until the present day, the artist has always been concerned with surface and texture.

Michelangelo’s mastery of various mediums has been demonstrated through his fascination with intricate traditional techniques such as the use of Gold Leaf creating luscious abstract paintings reminiscent of Byzantine art. He has further expanded his craft with the introduction of organic textured materials such as stitched canvas coffee bags, fabric, rope, cardboard incorporated into rich layers of pigmented wax, the ancient encaustic technique.

In 2019 Michelangelo collaborated with artist Jennifer Jabu exploring themes of sustainability with the use of all natural materials. These hung artworks are textural, jutting from the surface, their multidimensionality referencing architectural relief. The exhibition also includes examples of three-dimensional sculptural works in a rich array of pure solid colours enveloped by the encaustic technique.

-Mariella DelConte, Curator

Michelangelo Russo was born in 1962, Campobasso, Italy. Michelangelo started painting at the age of 12, he had his first solo exhibition in 1977. After studying architecture and graphic design in Pescara and Rome he relocated to Berlin in early 1990 where he lived for 4 years before moving to Melbourne Australia in 1994. During his career Michelangelo had several solo and group shows in Italy, Germany, Cuba and Australia. Michelangelo has had a lifelong interest not only in painting but also music.  Since 1979 he has played in several bands in Italy, Germany and Australia. He has toured Europe playing concerts and experimental music festivals, and has appeared on several seminal recordings. Since 1994 he collaborated widely with musician/songwriter/producer Hugo Race, and composers/musicians Wendy Morrison and Andrew Ogburn amongst others, appearing in many projects, recordings and performances.


5 September, 2023
16 September, 2023
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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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