Jerry Coker was born in Arkansas in 1938. He is well known for his metal masks, which he calls “identity masks.” These depict people from his rural childhood. He shapes these personalities from salvaged, rusty roofing tin and wood. Coker also fashions small standing metal sculptures and wall metal reliefs from scrap roofing metal and wood.
More recently he began painting with acrylic paint on board, cardboard, and on other cast-off materials. Coker has lived much of his life in Florida and still resides there. His art is in a number of important collections throughout the United States including Microsoft Corp.