Gregor Hiltner was born in 1950 in Nuremberg. He studied from 1970 to 1978 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under Karl Fred Dahmen, and was a master student of Ernst Weil at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. In 1980–81 he worked in London on a DAAD scholarship. Among the awards he has received are the Lisa and David Lauber Prize, Nuremberg. In addition to painting, since 1998 he has engaged in multimedia projects. In 1991 he moved into a studio in Hahnhof near Feucht (Bavaria). Hiltner lives and works in Berlin.