TJ Horst was born February 23, 1971 in Akron, Ohio, and currently resides in the Akron area.
Art had always been a part of Horst's life. He was constantly exploring various mediums, progressing in its various realms. In high school, Horst experimented with photography, painting, and sculpture, building a grand portfolio. His pieces won a variety of awards from various shows, including Scholastics. His artwork also led him to the Maryland Institute College of Art, gaining scholarships to strengthen his education.