Mike Wimmer was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and received his BFA from the University of Oklahoma and had the opportunity to study with Don Punchatz at The Sketch Pad Studio in Arlington, Texas.
Wimmer later completed his MFA at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. He is Professor of Illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, and formerly served as the Distinguished Visiting Artist at the School of Visual Arts in the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University. With author Frank Keating, he also has created illustrations for George, Abraham, The Trial of Standing Bear, and Theodore.
He maintains two studios, one in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife Jime, an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, and one in Savannah, along with his virtual studios at MikeWimmer.com and MikeWimmerportraits.com. Together they have four children and one grandchild.