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Pierre Yves Russo

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Pierre Yves Russo was born in 1967 in the Ile de France region, and grew up near Auvers Sur Oise, in the same countryside whose colours and shapes inspired Corot, Manet, Pissaro and Van Gogh. A visit to an exhibition of Impressionist work at the age of 14, proved to be a revelation and a turning point in his life, and it was at this stage that he decided to devote himself to painting. He was fascinated by the way the fugitive qualities of light had been captured and fixed on canvas, the hay stacks, the fields of wheat and glittering water all perfectly recreated in all their vitality.

A neighbour, Robert Asseman, who was a renowned painter and musician, took Pierre Yves under his wing and played a pivotal role in his discovery of art, philosophy and history. 
In 1985, Russo enrolled at the Sorbonne to study pictoral theory and technique under the direction of the philosopher Michel Guiomar, and five years later, he gained admittance to the French Institute for the Restoration of Works of Art, famous for training restorers for work at high profile French national art collections and museums. His course there lasted for a further six years during which he received an intensive education in art history, theory and above all, the techniques of the Old Masters which had a profound and permanent effect on his work.
In 1992 he took the decision to become a full-time painter and his first still lives were shown to great acclaim in multiple exhibitions, and earned him numerous prizes.
Russo's paintings are widely collected and can be found in public and private collections worldwide.


  • Still Life Exhibition at Medici Gallery, London
  • February-March, exhibition with XX century’s Master  at MATIGNON Gallery,   18 Avenue Matignon, Paris.


  • Exhibition “Modern Baroques” at Medici Gallery, London.
  • Art fair “Art Beijing”, Pekin.


  • Exhibition at Medici Galery, London.


  • Personal exhibition at the Bréheret Gallery.


  • Personal exhibition at the Bréheret Gallery.


  • Exclusive exhibition at the Bréheret Gallery.

1995 :

  • Exhibition at the Bréheret Gallery, Paris VI.


  • Collective exhibition called « Poirier et  ses amis » (Poirier and his friends), at Le Poiré-sur-Vie, supervised by Michelle Boulet.


  • Exhibition at Michelle Boulet Gallery, Paris VIII.


  • Exhibition at the Autumn Fair of Paris (at the Grand Palais).


  • Exhibits as a special guest in various art fairs.
    Wins first prize at art shows in Taverny , Barbizon, Pontoise, Plouescat, Quincy-sous-Sénart, Tournan-en-Brie, and the city of Tournan acquires a still life painting for its permanent collection.


  • Starts working at the French Institute for the Restoration of Artworks (IFROA), where he deepens his knowledge of the painting techniques of the Old Masters.


  • Obtains his Masters degree in Aesthetics at the Sorbonne, presenting « The ancient masters’ pictorial matter », under the direction of Michel Guiomar.


  • First solo exhibition in Brittany.


Pierre Yves Russo

(Photo by Luc Guerin)


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