Born in Fritzlar, Germany, in 1968.
From 1993-2000, he studied with Franz-Erhard Walther at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg. Since 2006, he is Professor at Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig.
Peter Piller had major solo shows in the Witte de With Center in Rotterdam (2005/2006) and in the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen (2004), as well as numerous gallery and group shows since 2000. In 2006, he won the Baloise Art Prize for his Art Basel Statement with Frehrking Wiesehöfer Gallery, Cologne. In early 2007 he had his first show in the US, at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. He also regularly shows with galleries Barbara Wien, Berlin, and Projectesd, Barcelona.
Piller received the Ars Viva Contemporary Art Award from the Federation of German Industries (2004), the Rubens Young Art Award from the City of Siegen (2003) as well as the Albert-Renger-Patzsch-Award from Museum Folkwang Essen (2003), the latter enabled him to produce his Aerial Archive book von Erde schöner with Revolver Publishers. With Revolver he also published 10 volumes of Archiv Peter Piller, showing several groups of his huge collection of german local newspaper images.