Roxy Paine’s inventions range from elaborate contraptions to deceptively simple forms. Often employing technical proficiency, trompe l’oeil, and ambiguity, Paine investigates the nature of reality and artificiality. The artist was born in 1966 in New York, where he currently lives and works. He attended the Pratt Institute and recently had solo shows at James Cohan Gallery, New York; Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin; and Musee d’Art Americain Giverny, France. The artist exhibited a public sculpture in Central Park titled “Bluff” for the Whitney Biennial (2002). Bluff was a fifty-foot high tree made of reflective stainless steel complete with a two-foot-wide trunk that supported more than 5000 pounds of cantilevered branches. The artist was also featured recently in Art in America (May 2006).