Mikel Valverde was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz and studied Fine Arts at the Universidad del País Vasco, specializing in Graphic Techniques.
He started working as an illustrator of children and juvenile literature creating the illustrations of Shola and the Lions. Since then, he has never stopped working. He has published with many Spanish publishing houses and illustrated series written by remarkable authors like Bernardo Atxaga or Luisa Villar Liébana.
In 2005 he received the International Ilustration Award Fundación SM for his work Paula in New York being Mikel Valverde both writer and illustrator.
In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Premio Euskadi de Literatura 2017 in the category ‘ilustration of a literary work’ with the title Versos de Deportes (SM)
Currently he alternates his side as an ilustrator and his side as a writer, always in children and juvenile literature.