Born in Schulzendorf, Irmtraut Winkler-Wittig grew up in Berlin during World War II. She and her family fled from the bombed city and settled in Einsiedel. There, she studied to become a tailor, but she eventually didn't chose this occupation. After working as a porcelain painter for a while, she became housewife. In 1965, she worked with Hannes Hegen for the first time, when she made puppets for the 'Digedags' characters.
When her husband passed away in 1973, she went to work for Hegen again, this time as a colorist for Mosaik. She started drawing comics and stories when the 'Abrafaxe' series was launched. Winkler-Wittig also drew comics and covers for Atze magazine ('Kuntz der Miniritter' in 1990-91) and was the creator of 'Flori', a character for the German fire-brigade federation. She retired in 1993.