Kim Russo was born in Darby, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) and her MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, both in painting. 

Kim Russo's has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in Ireland, and has received residency fellowships from the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation, Caldera, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts.

Kim Russo lives in Los Angeles, CA.