Bill Gusky was born in St. Louis, Missouri. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he later earned his MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Gusky is known for mashing up a variety of techniques and media into compelling, colorful, often humorous artworks, as well as for ranging widely in bold explorations of style and imagery. His painting Cherry Bomb includes elements from 1960's cartoons The Jetsons and Johnny Quest, greeting card art, a quote from Star Wars IV: A New Hope, and an original character designed as an anthropomorphized Christian cross holding a cigarette in one hand and a large lit firework in the other. Gusky's interest in juxtapositions of classical figuration with contemporary culture can be seen in smaller watercolor paintings inspired by family photographs such as Dream Collector, in which a magenta-modeled figure reaches a dipnet forward into fluorescent yellow nothingness, and Market, a study of a seated boy with an oversized head presiding over a collection of cones. The impetus for many of Gusky's artworks is the absurdity, confusion, and comedy of the human predicament. Among a variety of media explorations, in 2011 the artist created a series of stereoscopic 3D images for View-Master viewer, combining family photos, drawings, cartoon art, and hand-painted elements in a narrative work titled The Inertia Garden. These images and their viewing format - a popular children's toy that was itself a reincarnation of a 1940's travel photo viewer - reveal Gusky's interest in cultural trajectories and the experience of time as embodied in repurposed objects and imagery. Gusky is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the Emerging Artist award from Boston's St. Botolph Club Foundation. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and his work is a feature of many private collections. Bill Gusky lives with his wife and cat in rural Connecticut.