Joe 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 the works of the Italian Masters. Joe would look to these influences throughout his early artistic development, and they are still evident in his work today.
Joe has served as instructor of painting and drawing at the Kansas City Art Institute. He regularly teaches workshops at the Scottsdale Artists School, as well as the Fredericksburg Art School in Fredericksburg, Texas. Joe's work has been shown internationally and has won numerous awards and honors. He has been featured in American Artist magazine, Southwest Art, U.S. Art, Art & Antiques, The Artists Magazine, Art News, American Art Collector, International Artist and Art Talk magazines. His work is part of many private collections; his paintings are represented by several galleries across the country. This is the first year he's been part of the Doll Project.