Ron Russ was born in 1953 into the Eagle Clan in Masset BC on Haida Gwaii. His father Reynold Russ is the hereditary Chief of Old Masset and his mother June comes from the Nisga’a Nation. His clan crests are Wolf, Eagle and Killer whale.
As a child Russ drew stories he heard from his family and elders. Ron was trained by his grandfather and educated himself by studying books about Haida art.
The black slate stone Argillite is Russ’ favorite medium.Ron’s work has been exhibited at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, the Prince Rupert Museum and the Museum of Civilization in Hull and is collected worldwide.