Binder was born in Bradford in 1941, and studied at the Bradford College of Art, before moving on to the Royal College of Art in 1961, specialising in painting.
He was involved in the London arts scene during the “Swinging Sixties”, associated with the nascent pop-psychedelic decor, with The Beatles being among his first customers. Paul McCartney commissioned him to paint his Knight piano. He was also involved with The Roundhouse, a London venue that hosted many high-profile musical acts during the 1960s and 1970s.
In the early 1970s, Binder’s work changed, influenced by the pop culture of the time. In the latter half of the decade, he developed an interest in sculpture. Returning to the North of England in the 1980s, he took a renewed interest in oil painting and representation, and his work has been focused on this area since then.