Michael Matusevitch was born in 1929 in Odessa. In 1941, war broke out when he was visiting the country and it was impossible to return to his parents in Odessa. The war period was difficult and in the end, Matusevitch reached Tadzhikistan in Central Asia, where he finished grade school. At the end of the war, the family returned to Odessa in 1945. Because of the difficult economic situation, Matusevitch became a welder in a factory, but he dreamed of being a painter, and to study in the state school of painting in Odessa. At the age of 19, Matusevitch passed the entrance examinations and began his studies, however they were cut short in the middle of the first course, as he was recruited into the Red Army. Matusevitch served four years as a sailor on the Baltic Sea. In 1953, Matusevitch returned to his study for an additional five years. In 1962, Matusevitch participated in a group exhibition of Odessa artists and subsequently, the artist participated in many exhibitions organized by the confederation of painters in Odessa. In 1974, he arrived in Israel and immediately felt a deep affinity with the landscape, and so he depicted the country in paint. Here, Matusevitch met Rima Kravitz, a doctor who loved art and in 1975, he married her. Matusevitch passed away in 2007, after an illness he suffered for the last few years of his life.