Phil Binaco received his formal art training and B.F.A. from Rutgers University. While still an undergraduate, Binaco was awarded a residency with a United Nations Foreign Exploration/Documentation Team, which allowed him to travel and live with people in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.

Upon returning to the U.S., he enrolled in a Rutgers University program to study cultural anthropology and art in Northern New Mexico. While in that program, he decided to stay in New Mexico and pursue a career as an artist.

Binaco has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Albright Knox Museum (New York), the Newberger Museum (New York), the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts (Santa Fe), the Phoenix Museum of Art, Hendler Collection (Phoenix, Arizona), Harwood Musuem of Art (Albuquerque, New Mexico), and the Tamarind Institute (New Mexico), among others. His work has been placed in many prominent collections including Tom Ford (England and the U.S.), The Tia Foundation (India and the U.S.), Pankaj Vir Gypta (India), and Jim and Donna Stone (The Art Institute of Chicago). In addition, his work has been featured in the New York Times, Art in America, and T.H.E. Magazine, as well as many museum catalogs and periodicals.