Ithaca, NY After studying Middle East languages and cultures and receiving a Masters Degree from Columbia he worked on Wall Street for eight years before choosing to become an artist. He received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993 and moved to New York City. Since then he has shown extensively nationally and internationally including the Whitney Biennial (1997), Greater New York (2000), Documenta 11 (2002), and Vienna Secesion (2009). He was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship (1997) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009). He has been awarded residencies at the Lannan Foundation (2000) and MacDowell Colony (2011, 2012). He teaches at Cornell University where he is Associate Professor in the Department of Art.