Patrick Wilkins was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and grew up in Elkhart, Indiana.
He currently lives and works in Chicago. At its core, Wilkins’ work is about finding humor in struggle. The cartoon imagery he uses simultaneously undermines and highlights the mental, emotional, and physical potshots that we are expected to endure every day. Despite our regular bombardment it is not socially acceptable to show weaknesses as an adult. Wilkins reaches back to images of childhood, our last acceptable period of vulnerability in an attempt to lend some humanity to less than humane situations. He earned his BA from Purdue University and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has worked as a Butcher, a Glass Repairer, a Construction Worker, and a Dog Walker, among many other jobs that he looks back on with varying degrees of fondness.