Lorusso was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1966 and received his
formal training at the American Academy of Art. He went on to
receive his B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. Born
of Italian descent, Lorusso was exposed to art at an early age.
Through several early trips to Italy, his parents introduced him to
works of the Italian Masters. Lorusso would look to these influences
throughout his early artistic development and they are still evident
in his work today.
the works of the Impressionists, he gravitated towards the works of
Manet and Vuillard. Lorusso searched for similar work of such
emotion and soon became an avid student of painting, seeking out and
immersing himself in the works of various artists. This path would
ultimately lead him to the works of Sargent, Sorolla, Whistler and a
whole army of lesser known yet equally capable painters. Within this
group of artists, Lorusso found a sense of identity. In these
masterful works, he saw the ability to harness emotion and convey it
with power and confidence, yet with delicacy and tasteful restraint.
He also saw in these artists the ability to express the žessenceÓ
of an object with just a few carefully chosen brushstrokes, creating
a visceral and intuitive state of painting.
Lorusso creates evocative and timeless figurative works. In painting
his subjects, Lorusso has concentrated on honing his powers of
observation, especially as it concerns color, texture, form and
composition. Lorusso's paintings have been described as warm and
dreamlike, a place of restful escape with a sense of spirituality,
and shares a timelessness with the work of other eras.
Lorusso, "I believe truly great art serves as a trigger into
something deeper within all of us". The mood and emotion
conveyed in LorussoŪs paintings evokes a deep sense of beauty found
in the quiet times of daily living. His people are mysterious,
lonely, romantic, and yet familiar, placed in settings we often see
ourselves. According to Lorusso, "The greatest gift an artist
can provide is to move the viewer in a way that touches the soulful
core within each of us".
While in school, Lorusso was recruited by Hallmark Cards, Inc. to
serve as an artist in their greeting card design division and since
1988 has lived and worked in the Kansas City area. For the past
three years he has also served as instructor of painting and
illustration at the Kansas City Art Institute as well as having
taught classes and workshops around Kansas City.
work has been shown both locally and nationally and has won numerous
awards and honors, and has also been seen in Communication Arts
Illustration Annual, Southwest Art Magazine, Art-Talk and US Art
Magazine. Lorusso's original paintings and limited editions are part
of many collections, and he is represented by many galleries
throughout the United States.