Russo was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 28, 1956.
From her earliest years she painted on whatever
canvases were available. She painted seasonal
murals and window displays for local businesses.
She continued to study and refine her abilities
during high school. As a young adult she toured
the country as a model, and went on to create a
name for herself in the fitness industry. For 30
years she worked with clients as diverse as
academic, and medical leaders of the community.
She starred in her own public access fitness show,
and was a pioneer in the field of health and
fitness. Always involved in charitable causes,
she led multiple running events for various
charities and organizations, including the
survivors of the 9/11 attack on the world trade
center. Even at the peak of her career in fitness,
Mati always maintained a deep connection to her
art, designing childrens and adult garments
as well as stage wear for major rock and roll
performers. She continued to paint privately
commissioned works during this time, including
murals. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2007, Mati
put her entire focus on establishing her ability
as an abstract artist, creating new works in a
variety of styles which represent a culmination
of her lifes work as a life-loving artist,
holistic fitness professional, and humanitarian.
Her work can be seen here, and in studios in and
around the greater Los Angeles area.