Steven Bindernagel was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1978. He received his BFA in painting from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2001. He attended the New York Studio Program through Parsons School of Design in 2001 as well. In 2004 he moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts graduate fine arts program and graduated in 2006. He continues to live and work in New York City.