Kern, Lester

Lester Kern, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, had a passion for art and emerged at three, leading his parents to provide him with a chalkboard to redirect his creative energy. By thirteen, his artwork was published, and by sixteen, he worked as a staff cartoonist for newspapers in Milwaukee. After earning a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, he pursued a career as an art director, winning awards for his editorial cartoons before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia. Kern’s versatile style defied categorization, reflecting spirituality and ethnic pride. He later created the syndicated political cartoon series “Lester’s World,” distributed to forty-three newspapers nationally. Despite his diverse career, Kern maintained a joyful celebration of life in his work. Sadly, he passed away at the age of 55 after battling prostate cancer.

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