Michael Longo was born in Denver, Colorado. His family travelled extensively during his formative years, exposing him to a variety of cultures and environments at an early age. Living in Europe and Japan as well as in many states in the USA, the artist was fascinated with the beauty and variety in nature. Longos widespread travels ultimately landed him in Arizona, where he currently makes his home.
Longo worked as an apprentice furniture maker and wood carver; an experience that afforded him an unique understanding of design and old-world craftsmanship. He then enrolled at Arizona State University, where he studied art and architecture.
Longo, who paints in the tradition of the French impressionists of the early 1900s, has shaped his own distinctive approach to achieve the same timeless quality in his work. He is constantly striving to capture the "immediacy of place" and to keep it at the centre of his work. All essential elements seem to intermingle effortlessly to craft a composition of visual harmony, a unity rather than a mere array of single expressions.