Willie Kohler was born on July 24, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts and has been painting since he was 13. His education includes study at the University of Pennsylvania, Maryland Institute College of Art (BFA '85), Yale Norfolk Summer Residency, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA '87). He has exhibited throughout the United States and Canada. His work can be found at Linda Warren Gallery and Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago, and at Uncle Freddy's Gallery in Northern Indiana. He teaches painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.