Mirwan Andan was born and raised in Watampone, South Sulawesi. From 1993 to 1999, he studied at the Islamic boarding school in Watampone and in Makassar. From 1999–2004, he enrolled at the Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, majoring in French Literature. Early 2005, he moved to Jakarta and in 2012 graduated from Political Science, focusing Comparative Politics in the Universitas Indonesia, while working in ruangrupa as a researcher and developer since 2007.
In 2001 he was participant of Korea-ASEAN Future Oriented Youth Exchange Project in South Korea and in 2007 he participated Independent Ceative Art Space Centre Leadership Training 2007, organized by Asia-Europe Foundation, Trans Europe Halles and Arts Factory in Paris, France.
His writing appears in journal and media, including journal of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (2011), Kompas (2013). In 2013, he conducted research on Indonesian cultural speech, compiled and published it as Imajinasi Kebudayaan, Cultural Imajination.
Mirwan Andan was invited to talk in several forums, seminars, and conferences such as: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference, Surabaya (2015); Art Gwangju, 2013; Curating Now and Institution Forum, organized by Taipei Contemporary Art Centre, Taiwan (2013); State of Independence - A Global Forum in Alternative Space, organized by Roy And Edna California Arts (RED CAT), Los Angeles, USA (2011); Expressing Political Aspiration Creatively, organized by Indonesian Youth Conference, Jakarta (2011);
In 2015, Mirwan Andan is the researcher for Jakarta Biennale 2015. He now lives in two cities, back and forth, Makassar and Jakarta, while preparing a project initiative in Makassar with his fellow young researchers, artists, and cultural activists.