Mark Sofilas was born in Bunbury, Western Australia, in 1961. He studied at Perth Technical College, gaining a Diploma in Graphic Design in 1979. After working in design studios and running a successful illustration and design partnership for eight years in Perth, Mark relocated to Melbourne in 1989 and established his own freelance company, which specialised in advertising, publishing and fine artwork. Mark also illustrated Anthony Hill's The Burnt Stick and Spindrift. He currently lives in Sydney.