Oliver Kielmayer was born in 1970 in Baden, Switzerland, and currently lives and works in Zurich. He studied Art History, Philosophy and English Literature.
He teaches art history at F+F School for Art and Media Design in Zurich and is part of the art jury of Kanton Zurich. In 2005, Oliver Kielmayer was the co-curator of the IBCA—International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Prague. In 2004 Oliver Kielmayer founded WeAreTheArtists, a network project that focuses on open discourse and authentic communication about art by means of a homepage and a free newspaper. Since 2006 Oliver Kielmayer is director of the Kunsthalle Winterthur.