Roy Gussow was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1918. His interests in art lead him to Chicago where he studied under Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Alexander Archipenko. He graduated from the Institute of Design in Chicago with a BS in Industrial Design. Among his early achievements, Gussow worked as an assistant to Archipenko at the Institute and at his Woodstock Summer School in 1946.
Gussow is a sculptor working primarily in steel. His pieces can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. He was the recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 1998. He spent his professional career as both an artist and an educator. Gussow taught at the School of Design at North Carolina State University from 1951-1962, as well as at The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.