Bertram Charles Binning was born in 1909 in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
In 1949, he taught art courses at the Vancouver School of Art, withint the architecture department. He invited many leading architects in the Modernism movement from California to lecture at the in Vancouver school, playing an instrumental role in bringing West Coast modern architecture to Canada. With the help of his wife Jessie Wyllie Binning, he encouraged dialogue between artists and architects often hosting parties where scholars and artists alike could meet.
Binning's artwork is recognized as a sort of story telling, revealing his life travels and his community. He recording experiences using intricate line drawings and bold colours. His work incorporates architectural design and abstraction. Much of his work was inspired by his weekends sailing the B.C. Coast with his wife.
In 1946 he helped initiate the Art in Living Group, which exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He made regular visits to Japan and assisted with negotiations for the Nitobe Garden at The University of British Columbia. He was founder and president of the U.B.C. Festival of the Contemporary Arts which took place annually throughout the 1960's and played a pivitol role in the creation of the Department of Fine Art at University of Britsh Columbia.
He became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1971. He retired in 1974. His memberships include, but not limited to, The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, The British Columbia Science Fiction Association, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada.
He died in 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia.