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DAN LORUSSO
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Dan LoRusso

Biography: Dan LoRusso

Dan LoRusso has delved into dinosaur science and art since childhood. As a boy, he spent countless hours visiting the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, as well as the Boston Museum of Science. Most of those hours, of course, were spent among the dinosaur collections. Fourteen years of his adult life working as an industrial model/mold maker prepared LoRusso for the next phase in his career: for the over five years, he was a major contributor to the toy lines of Safari Limited of Miami, Florida. LoRusso is also responsible for one half of the Battat/Boston Museum of Science line of dinosaur replicas.

Making replicas for toy companies that meet the rather strict demands of that industry but still maintain scientific integrity is only one part of this sculptor's credits, however. LoRusso is the creative force behind The Dinosaur Studio, a company dedicated to the creation and augmentation of high-quality dinosaur sculpture. A line of his 1:35th scale dinosaur replicas is currently available through The Dinosaur Studio, but LoRusso already has larger sculptures -- 1:10th scale -- on permanent display at The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Alberta, Canada, and the Museo Del Ricon Colorado in Mexico. Several other of his 1:10th scale pieces are part of the traveling Ceratopsian Exhibit by Dinamation International. These and others of his 1:10th scale replicas are also available through The Dinosaur Studio catalog.

In addition, The Dinosaur Studio is currently working on a life-sized replica of Tyrannosaurus rex for the Boston Museum of Science. Examples of his work have also appeared in EARTH magazine, Dinosaurus magazine, ROCKS & MINERALS magazine, and The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park Exhibition. He has served as Art Director for both The Dinosaur Society and The Dino Gallery in Los Angeles, California/Tokyo, Japan, technical advisor for a season of PALEOWORLD on The Learning Channel and is presently the on-site supervisor for the "Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park; The Lost World Exhibit". Dan LoRusso presently resides in Medford, Massachusetts with his wife Leslie, their son Adam, and the family pet bunnies, Daisy and Remy. A selection of his artwork is on display in his portfolio.

Credits: Dan LoRusso

  1. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE; Boston , MA 2009
    -- Life Size replicas of pterosaurs Nyctosaurus (male & female)
    -- 1/10th scale tactile bronze replica of flying male Nyctosaur
  2. BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK; TX 2008
    -- 1/10th scale Chasmosaurus mariscalensis pair
  3. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE; Boston , MA 2000 - 2001
    -- Life Size replica of Tyrannosaurus rex
    -- Reconstruction and reassembly of mounted Triceratops skeleton replica
    -- Assembly and mounting of Compsognathus longipes, modern chicken, and modern lizard for interactive display
    -- Creation and finishing of Compsognathus and modern chicken in matrix for species comparison interactive and hands on displays
    -- Painting and mounting of various scaled resin replicas of dinosaurs for permanent display
    -- Advisory and consultation role
  4. “MESOZOIC VERTEBRATE LIFE” Indiana University Press 2001
    --”The Old Guard” photo of resin sculpture
  5. MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER; Baltimore, MD 2000
    --Provided finished fossil replica components for permanent interactive “Bone Dig” exhibit
  6. MAGIC WINDOW PRODUCTIONS 1999
    -- Provided scientific life restoration drawing and reconstructed skull replica of new Shamosaurine (Ankylosaurid)
  7. “DINOSAURS OF THE LOST WORD” EXHIBITION 1998-2000
    --Provided on site supervision for traveling exhibit
    --Oversaw installation and break-down of all aspects of exhibit.
    -- Provided, assembled and finished various components of exhibit
    --Maintained and repaired exhibit components
  8. EARTH MAGAZINE ; December 1997“Horns of Plenty” Feature article:
    --”The Old Guard” photo of resin sculpture.
  9. DESIGNING DINOSAURS EXHIBIT;
    --Bruce Museum of Arts and Science: September 27, 1997 to January 4, 1998
    --Peabody Museum of Natural History: January 17, 1998 to March 15, 1998
    --Dinofest at The Academy of Natural Sciences: March 27, 1998 to April 26, 1998”The Old Guard” 1:10th scale resin sculpture.
  10. PREHISTORIC TIMES MAGAZINE 1996-2001
    -- Various articles, interviews, and illustrations
  11. ROYAL TYRRELL MUSEUM OF PALAEONTOLOGY, Alberta, Canada
    "THE OLD GUARD" -- 1:10th scale Pachyrhinosaurus sp.; 1:10th scale Pachyrhinosaurus sp. juveniles (currently on display)
  12. MUSEO DEL RICON COLORADO, Mexico
    -- 1:10th scale Chasmosaurus mariscalensis male
  13. DINAMATION INTERNATIONAL CERATOPSIAN EXHIBIT
    -- 1:10th scale Chasmosaurus mariscalensismale and female pair
  14. THE DINOSAUR STUDIO
    ---1:35th Stegosaurus stenops
    ---1:35th Allosaurus fragilis
    ---1:35th Dilophosaurus wetherilli
    ---1:10th Pachyrhinosaurus species adult male
    ---1:10th Pachyrhinosaurus species juvenile pair
    ---1:10th Chasmosaurus mariscalensis male and female pair
    ---1:10th Nyctosaurus male and female pair
  15. SAFARI LIMITED, Miami, Florida
    AUTHENTICS Habitat Collection; Dinosaurs III;numerous non-dinosaur wildlife pieces
  16. BATTAT/BOSTON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
    Line of 1:40th scale dinosaur replicas: Diplodocus carnegii, Stegosaurus ungulatus,Dilophosaurus wetherilli, Edmontonia rugosidens, Amargasaurus cazaui, Ceratosaurus nasicornis, Maiasaura peeblesorum, Euoplocephalus tutus, Carnotaurus sastrei
  17. THE DINOSAURS OF JURASSIC PARK EXHIBITION
    (Various fossil replicas for "hands on" display on the educational carts)
  18. THE DISCOVERY CENTER, BOSTON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
    (Fossil dig sites for "hands on" display)
  19. EARTH MAGAZINE, April 1996
    "THE OLD GUARD" - Pachyrhinosaurus sp. male (photograph of sculpture accompanying article about dinosaur illustrators and sculptors)
  20. ROCKS & MINERALS MAGAZINE (March/April 1996 Volume 71, Number 2) Interview
  21. THE DINOSAUR SOCIETY
    (Art Director 1992-1995)
  22. THE DINO GALLERY, Los Angeles, California/Tokyo, Japan
    (Art Director 1995-1996)
  23. PALEOWORLD - WALL TO WALL PRODUCTIONS,LTD./THE LEARNING CHANNEL
    (Technical Advisor 1996)
  24. "TOUCH THE DINOSAURS" Braille book
    (BOSTON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE,tactile illustrations 1996)
  25. PALEOWORLD: "HORNS AND HERDS"
    THE LEARNING CHANNEL, December 9, 1996



Portfolio: Dan LoRusso

All artwork copyright Dan LoRusso. These works may not be reproduced in any form, including electronic, without express written permission from the artist. Any reproduction without permission will be considered a violation of federal copyright Law and will result in prosecution.

These images may not be reproduced in any manner or applied to any material listed but not limited to the following:

  • Used or displayed on any website.
  • Carved, molded or formed in any manner in any material.
  • Used as promotional aids, premiums, or advertising or for non-profit or educational purposes.
  • Engraved, embossed, etched or copied by any means onto any surface whether metallic, foil, transparent or translucent.
  • Laminated, transferred or applied to any substance, form or surface.
  • Reproduced in computer software, videotape, CD-ROM or other electronic media.
  • Matted or framed with the intent to create other products for sale or re-sale or profit in any manner whatsoever, without express written permission from the artist.

    Click on images for an expanded view. (NOTE: In order to keep this portfolio current, the individual pieces displayed will be replaced periodically as new artwork is created)

Oviraptor philoceratops hatchling

12 x 14 pencil on paper (77K)

Gallimimus bullatus

11 x 14 acrylics on watercolor paper (127K)

Centrosaurus apertus (with cutaway showing tooth battery)

11 x 14 acrylics on watercolor paper (180K)

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