Born in Odessa in 1944, Peter Weibel studied literature, medicine, logic, philosophy, and film in Paris and Vienna. He works as an artist, curator, and media theorist. Since 1984, he has been professor for visual media design at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and since 2008, a professor of media theory. From 1984 to 1989, he was head of the digital arts laboratory at the Media Department of New York State University in Buffalo, and between 1986 and 1995, artistic director of Ars Electronica in Linz. From 1982 to 1988, he was a professor of photography at the University of Kassel. In 1989, he founded the Institute of New Media at the Städelschule in Frankfurt-on-Main, which he directed until 1994. He then commissioned the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale from 1993 to 1999. He became chief curator of the Neue Galerie Graz in Austria in 1993, and since 1999, he is Chairman and CEO of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. He is author of numerous books and catalogues. In 1993, he received the Biennial EA-Generali Foundation Sculpture Prize, in 1997 the “Siemens Medienkunstpreis” In 2004 he was awarded with the “Käthe Kollwitz Preis,” and in 2007, he received an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. In 2008, he was awarded the French Order, "Officier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (Order of Arts and Literature). Also in 2008, he was Artistic Director of the Biennial of Sevilla (Biacs3). In 2011, he is the curator of the Moscow Biennale.
In 2009, he was awarded with the "Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge-Preis fuer unkonventionelle Kunstvermittlung" of Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung, the "Verdienstmedaille des Landes Baden-Wuerttemberg," and the „Europäischer Kulturpreis“. Between 2009 and 2012, he is a Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.