Kersen Witkin was born in 1978 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the only child to Cynthia Bency Witkin and Joel-Peter Witkin. In 2002, he graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish. In 2002, he moved to New York City where he currently works as an engineer. Kersen has been surrounded by artists his entire life starting with his father, a world-renowned photographer, and his mother, a recognized tattoo artist. Kersen and his father have been photographed in Herb Ritts’ Notorious and Vanity Fair magazine. His father’s identical twin brother, Jerome Witkin, is a Pulitzer-winning painter who also lives in New York. Kersen started painting in 2006 using mixed media as his medium of choice. He is completely self-taught and finds inspiration in New York City’s streets and everyday surroundings. He also incorporates his engineering background into many of his paintings. Some of his favorite artists are Richard Prince, Rene Magritte, Wassily Kandinsky, and Pablo Picasso.