Stefano Russo bases his work on the human being, the human body and in particular on the processes of perception. His research begins from the eye, principal sense organ. As a versatile artist and designer, Stefano adopts diverse languages spacing from photography to sculptures and installations.
He dedicates himself to the creation of instruments to enhance the senses, to be lived or worn. Every object becomes a symbol; a metaphor of reflexion for a continuous evolution.

Stefano Russo was born in Sicily in 1969 and currently lives between Milan and Paris, collaborating with some of the most prestigious brands, companies and cultural associations of the international scenario.
He has also been a lecturer in research laboratories at the Politecnico University of Milan, IED and Domus Academy.


In 1992, Stefano collaborates with the artist Arman, disassembling his musical instruments in order to create unusual jewel-sculptures that became a limited and numbered edition destined to the most prestigious art galleries.

From 1992 to 1994, Stefano designs jewellery for Favero and Gemma Gioielli, winning the Diamond Award competition with the “Vortex” diamond ring in 1993.

In 1993, he exhibits “Alzata Onda”, a silver artwork at Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi.

In 1994 he founds his studio Russo Design; a research and design studio in the eyewear, jewellery and horology sector which also extends to artistic areas such as photography, art installations, interior objects and multisensorial-interactive creations.

Between 1997 and 1999, Stefano collaborates with Swatch, whilst in 1999 he works on the launch of Celine and Loewe eyewear.

From 2000 to 2008 Stefano works as the Eyewear Creative Director for Prada, Miu Miu and Linea Rossa. During his work experience Stefano will also work with Helmut Lang e Jil Sander.

In 2001 he presents the project “Sogno e Volo” at the cultural association “Spazio Consolo associazione culturale Countdown”.

In 2003, he lauches Emporio Armani Jewellery, which he has designed until 2014.

In 2006, he exhibits the “Rotazione e Visori” for Visionnaire, Fuori Salone e Miart project, at Rotonda della Besana in Milan.

In 2007, with his studio's “Area Lab”, he projects the interiors of “Serene”, a luxury submarine for GSE in collaboration with Victoria Johannes Santi.

In 2011, he exhibits “Electromagnetic Transmutation”; recycled materials and images then brought to the Officine Idee Verdi space.

In 2012, he launches the multisensorial project “Athomie”, and in 2013 he exhibits his own personal show “23 7 3 1” in Milan's Fondazione Stelline. Again in 2013, he exhibits in a collective exhibition “8 Variazioni per Stradivari” at the Civic Museum in Cremona.

In 2014, during the Salone del Mobile, Stefano presented “Riflessi d'Interno”, a project of brass artworks combining art, science and design.

In September 2014 at Risekult Exclusive Exhibition “From the Artbook to the Artbox”, he exhibited “Interfrequenza”. In October, during the Risekult’s choral project of contemporary art “Inside Out”, in Milan, he exhibited “I sette percettori”, from the project Riflessi d’interno.

Again in 2014, he exhibited a first extract of his project “Homo Mechanicus” at the Fabbrica del Vapore. In November the same year, he exhibited “Sintesi Percettiva” for Risekult in the collective exhibition “Into the Dark”, at the Chiostri di S.Barnaba, Umanitaria in Milan.

In 2015 he presented a solo show intitled “Pro Lumen Light Transmutation”, a journey into the light and the visual perception, through installations defined “Peceptive Weapons”, exposed in Spazio Tadini, in Milan, sponsored by Expo in Città.

From 2008 he has been designing Louis Vuitton eyewear and works on special projects.


Articles have been published on Stefano Russo in several magazines and national/international newspapers amongst which: Vogue, Vogue Gioiello, Flashart, Cosmopolitan, Artribune, JHS, 18 Karati, Corriere della Sera, Glamour, Precious, E&F, In The World, Donna, Panorama, D di Repubblica, Vedere International, Il giornale, Espoarte, Rock Star, Spoon, The Face, Ottagono, Numerò, Insideart, Wall Paper, Domus, Il Sole 24ore.



EXHIBITIONS


2016

"Crafting The Future"
Prolumen + Siens, September 21, 2016 - October 21, 2016, MUDEC, Via Tortona 56, Milano
Curated by Franca Sozzani


2015

“Pro Lumen Light Transmutation”
Mostra Personale, 27 maggio – 13 giugno 2015, Spazio Tadini, Via Jommelli 24, Milano


2014

“Riflessi D’Interno”
Palazzo Isimbardi, Corso Monforte, 35 Milan

Primo estratto da “Homo Mechanicus”
Fabbrica del vapore, Milan

“From The Artbook to the Artbox”
Risekult Exclusive Exhibition, Killer Kiccen, Via Pestalozzi, Milan

“Inside Out”
Risekult choral project of contemporary art, 4Cento, Milan

“Into the Dark”
Risekult collective exhibition, Chiostri di S.Barnaba, Umanitaria, Milan


2013

“8 variazioni per Stradivari”
Museo Civico, Cremona

“23 7 3 1”
Fondazione Stelline, Corso Magenta 61, Milan


2011

“Electromagnetic Transmutation”
Spazio Idée Verdi, Via Oslavia, Milan


2007

“Visionaire”
Rotonda Besana, Fuori Salone and Miart, Milan


2000

“Sogno e Volo”
Spazio Consolo, for Count Down Fuori Salone Milan


1997

“Jewelry and Perception”
Jewelry Seoul Association, Seoul


1995

“Ultra Vision”
CDO Gallery, New York


1994

“Magma Mutante”
Farnese Gallery, Rome


1993

“Alzata Onda”
Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi, Milan



MONOGRAPH


2015

Pro lumen
Curated by Caterina Seri & Spazio Tadini


2014

Riflessi d'interno
Curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti


2013

Homo Mechanicus
Curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti
Silvana Editoriale

"23 7 3 1"
Curated by Alessandro Turci



Riflessi d’interno explores and analyzes the balancing point between the inner and outer dimension of the being. The outer world’s reflections which remain impressed in our eyes inspire inner considerations which we analyze and to which we constantly sub due. Reflections and considerations, outer movements and inner movements.

Stefano Russo

Existence is vibration. The interaction between the vibrations gives an integral version. Our reality is the one where nothing is separated but all is connected, constantly and everywhere, in space and in time.

Stefano Russo

The perpetual motion of our inner architecture coincides with the earth’s infinite planets’ rotation. Suggestion incites energetic activation to change and to transform our body.

Stefano Russo

It is not enough to just look; one must look with eyes that want to see and that believe what they see.

Galileo Galilei

The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain. It’s ultimate purpose is the complete mastrey of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human needs.