Lerner received a Bachelor of Science degree from the New Bauhaus School of Design in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Also, he also at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Nathan was the creator of special effects for the UNESCO film Chopin, by Genya Cenkalski, for the Polish government. The artist says of his work: "Starting in 1932 it was strongly humanistic, becoming very experimental in 1937 to 1942 at the School of Design, and combining these elements in later work"
From 1945 to 1949 Nathan was head of production design and dean of faculty and students at the Institute of Design in Chicago, Illinois, United States. From 1946 to 1947 he was an acting educational director, and head of photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago from 1941 to 1943.
Nathan was a professor at the University of Illinois, Department of Art from 1967 to 1972. Also, he worked as head of Lerner Design Associates from 1949 to 1973.
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The New York Times wrote that his work "was inextricably bound up in the history of visual culture in Chicago"