Edi Hila was born in Shkoder in 1944. Hila studied painting at the National Academy of Art in Tirana until 1967, and subsequently worked until 1973 as a set designer for Albanian television. Around 1973–1974 he was found guilty of ‘propagating anti-conformist tendencies in relation to the social realist aesthetic’ and sentenced to an indefinite period of corrective labour, working as a factory porter. In 2008 he was an artist in residence at the Villa Romana in Florence. After the Hoxha dictatorship collapsed in 1990 Hila was made a lecturer, then a professor at the National Academy of Art in Tirana. He has served as Dean there since 1993.He took part in numerous international exhibitions: National Competition “Pranvera 72”, Albania First Prize, 1972; National Competition “Onufri ’93”, Albania, First Prize 1993; Venice Biennial, Albanian Pavilion 1999; The Modern Museum Stockholm, 1999; “After the Wall”, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and the Ludwig Museum Budapest 2000; Villa Romana, Florence, “Senza angeli” 2008; Galerie JGM, Paris, “Paysages Transitionnels” 2009; Gallery Goodman, New York, 2014; AASA, London, England, “Potential monuments of unrealized futures”, 2015 etc. His works have recently been acquired by the collection of the Musee d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, FRAC pays de la Loire, and the Municipal Funds of Paris.