Bosnian national, Mirko Ilić illustrated and art directed posters, record covers and comics in Europe before moving to the United States in 1986. In 1995, he established Mirko Ilić Corp, a graphic design and 3D computer graphics and motion picture title studio.
Ilić has taught at Cooper Union and currently teaches the master's degree programme in illustration at the School of Visual Arts. He has received medals from the Society of Illustrators, Art Directors Club, ID magazine and others. He’s been the vice president of the New York chapter of AIGA and is a member of the inviteonly AGI organisation.
He has co-written a number of books including The Design of Dissent with design icon Milton Glaser.