Maurice Vellekoop was born in 1964 in suburban Toronto. He attended the Ontario College of Art from 1982 to 1986. He joined Reactor Art and Design soon after graduating and has been illustrating for major magazines, book publishers and ad agencies ever since.

Editorial clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Glamour, Wallpaper, Out, Mother Jones and Fashion. Maurice's book publishing clients include Harper Collins and Universe/Rizzoli. His work has appeared in American Illustration and was included in "Stylishly Drawn" by Laird Borrelli, a book on contemporary fashion Illustration published by Harry N. Abrams.

Maurice is the author/illustrator of 4 books of his own work with Drawn and Quarterly, Green Candy Press and Koyama Press. His work has been shown numerous times at the Reactor Gallery in Toronto, in group shows overseas: at the Mayor gallery in London and in a traveling show called "New Pop" that stopped at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice. Most recently, in the summer of 2014, Maurice had his first solo European show at Twenty Twenty Two in Manchester, England.

Maurice is currently at work on a graphic memoir to be published by Pantheon Books, likely in 2016.