|Born||1958 (age 62–63)|
Brinkmann grew up in Gauting, southwest of Munich, and studied Classical Archeology in Munich and Athens. In 1987 he earned his doctorate under Volkmar von Graeve in Munich with his work "Observations to the Formal Structure and the Meaning of the Friezes of Siphnierschatzhauses". He worked as a curator at the State Collection of Antiquities and the Glyptothek in Munich, and finished his habilitation in Bochum in 2001. Since 2007 he has headed the antiquities collection of the Liebieghaus sculpture collection in Frankfurt and continues to teach at the Institute of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bochum. He is a board member of the Archaeology Foundation in Munich.
He co-developed the archaeological database project Projekt Dyabola with Ralf Biering.
In 2009, Brinkmann and Greek archaeologist Chryssoula Saatsoglu-Piliadeli planned to restore the original color of the grave fries on tumulus of the Macedonian king Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great.  The first version of the reconstruction work was completed in 2013 for two exhibitions: "Back to Klassik: Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection" in Frankfurt, and "Alexander the Great" in Lokschuppen Rosenheim.
Since 2018 Vinzenz Brinkmann is member of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main.
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung of 19 July 2009, page R3: Scenes from a Macedonian hunting party.