Omar Olivera was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has shown his work in New York, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Nicaragua. His works are in collections, including the British Library, the Schomburg Center, Yale University, Columbia University, Reed University, and the University of Washington. Since 1998 he has taught art to NYC public school students through organizations such as the Cooper Union Saturday Program, P.S.1, Studio in a School, and is currently teaching and has been working at Materials for the Arts since 2015, where he is also a curator for MFTA Gallery and oversees their artist in residence program. He was also the artist in residence at the Taller Artistico Xuchialt in Leon, Nicaragua during the summers of 2006 and 2009 through the support of Project Gettysburg Leon.