Cole Gerst was born in the deep south in the town of Albany, GA. Growing up, he was highly unfluences by local outsider and folk artists. He attended the Atlanta College of Art and after several years of living in Los Angeles, he now called portland, OR home. He has been called on of the finest exemplars of the Naive Modernism movement and has also been credited with the current resurgence of the "Gig Poster". Gerst has won awards from communication arts, Print Magazine, How Magazine, American Corportate Identity, Rosey Identity, Rosey Awards, and Webby Awards. He won a sundance "Greenamation" award and went on to create 2 web series for The Sundance Channel.