Nikolaus Hillebrand was born in Cologne in 1967 and studied architecture at Cologne Technical College from 1992 to 1999. From 1990 to 1996 he was responsible for the preparation and realisation of animation for the decor of feature film projects by Hellmuth Costard. Since 1995, together with Kyne Uhlig, he has made factual animation films and worked for the "Show with the Mouse". Together with Kyne Uhlig he founded the animationstudio "niky-bilder" in 2001. Their stopmotion production "GRÜN" was shown at the Berlinale 2007.
Nikolaus Hillebrand and Kyne Uhlig live and work in Cologne. They have three children together.