Russo - Two Nudes, Front and Back

Untitled (Two Nudes, Front and Back)

c. 1968

oil on canvas

62.5 x 58.25 inches

Russo - Red Nude

Red Nude (Caryatid)

c. 1968

oil on canvas

58.5 x 49 inches

Russo - Nude in Geometric Environment

Nude in Geometric Environment


acrylic on canvas

60 x 70 inches

Russo - Girl With Flower IV

Untitled (Girl with Flower IV)

acrylic on canvas

59 x 44.5 inches

Russo - Portrait of Woman with One Eye Visible

Untitled (Portrait of Woman with One Eye Visible)

acrylic on canvas

50 x 50 inches

Russo - Blue Nude in Chair

Untitled (Blue Nude in Chair with Two Hats)

acrylic on canvas

61 x 48.5 inches

Russo - The Annunciation

The Annunciation


acrylic on canvas

52 x 70 inches

Russo - MR285

Untitled (MR285)


acrylic on canvas

59 x 51.5 inches

Russo - Nature's Monuments

Nature's Monuments


acrylic on canvas

60 x 70 inches

Russo- Gesturing Women

Gesturing Women


acrylic on canvas

48 x 60 inches

Press Release

In the exhibition Multifarious, we see the many sides of the acclaimed Northwest artist Michele Russo. Known primarily for slim and spare Modernist figurative works, Russo also painted chic portraits, elegant formalist landscapes and of course, men with hats. Featuring large-scale paintings and a selection of smaller drawings, this exhibition highlights Russo at his best, sourced from over three decades of work previously held in the artist’s estate and private collections.

Michele Russo (1909–2004)

Michele Russo made significant contributions to the Northwest throughout his life. After graduating from Yale in 1934 and marrying fellow artist Sally Haley, he arrived in Portland in 1947. He taught at the Pacific Northwest College of Art for over 25 years and became an active advocate for the arts during the politically charged 1950s. He was a founder of the Portland Center for the Visual Arts and was the first artist appointed to the Metropolitan Arts Commission in the 1970s.  Throughout his career, Michele Russo’s work has been in major exhibitions nationally and is in many public and private collections. Russo was honored with a fifty-year retrospective at the Portland Art Museum in 1988. Most recently, his work was part of the Portland Art Museum’s exhibition In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy.