Cole Gerst was born in the deep south in the town of Albany, GA. Growing up, he was highly influenced by local outsider and folk artists. He attended the Atlanta College of Art and after several years of living in Los Angeles, he now calls Portland, OR home. He has been called one 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 Corporate Identity, Rosey Awards, and Webby Awards. He won a Sundace "Greenamation" Award and went on to create 2 web series for the Sundance channel.