Michael Longo is an Arizona-based artist but he was born in Denver, Colorado. During his formative years, his family travelled extensively exposing him to a variety of environments and cultures at an early age. Longo studied art and architecture at Arizona State University. Living in many states in the USA as well as in Japan and Europe, he was fascinated with the variety and beauty in nature and thus found his inspiration for his posters art, and prints. Longo has worked as an apprentice wood carver and furniture maker; an experience that affords him an old-world craftsmanship and a unique understanding of design. Longo paints in the early 1900s tradition of the French impressionists. He has shaped his own distinctive approach to achieve the same timeless quality in his posters, art, and prints.
In all his artwork, the essential elements intermingle effortlessly to craft a composition of unity and visual harmony rather than a mere array of single expressions. Longo is constantly striving to keep "immediacy of place" and to capture it at the centre of his work. Texture, light, form and color, are all carefully joined to impart a sense of atmosphere and space in his final product. Whether it be a rendering of a leisurely afternoon in the garden, an enchanting sunrise over Portofino, or a charming Tuscan landscape, Longo’s interpretations evoke beauty in a way that touches something elemental and basic in his viewers’ lives. Longo says he wants to continue to explore all the potential that painting has as a medium to express his love for life.