Artist Alfred Russo was born into a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria on 22 September 1868 and trained as a painter, draughtsman and etcher. He came to England as a refugee fleeing Nazi Germany around 1939. Little is known of his later career, although he is believed to have worked primarily as an art restorer in England. An example of Russo's painting was included in the survey exhibition Kunst im Exil in Grossbritannien 1933-45 held in West Berlin in 1986 (and then in revised format at the Camden Art Centre in London), alongside other Viennese ‘artist restorers’, including Sebastien Isepp, Gerhart Frankl and Erich Wagner. Alfred Russo died in London, England in 1959.