Mike Binzer grew up in Calgary, AB studying ballet and contemporary dance, finishing his training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and continued on to dance professionally with the company for two years before turning his attention to the Visual Arts. Through the study of dance, Mike has developed a keen interest in, and a unique insight on, the human body that has continued to guide his creative endeavors. He received his BFA with distinction in Painting from the Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD), later completing his MFA at the University of Regina, where his research was focused on painting the human body as it is experienced, rather than merely visually perceived. He has been honoured with numerous awards, including the Painting Major Award of Excellence from ACAD, and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Mike has participated in a variety of solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the United States. He has taught painting and drawing at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Center and the University of Regina. Mike currently lives and works in Calgary, AB, Canada.