Herbert Siebner was born in Stettin, Germany in 1925. His interest in art began at an early age, one of his first teachers would create caricatures out of letters to teach the alphabet, the little drawings stuck with him. He first learned practical training from Max Richter.
In 1942 Siebner was enlisted in the army, he was stationed in Stettin and was designated as a war artist. He created many portraits and maps. He was later stationed in France and Berlin.
Following the war he attended attended Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste from 1946-49.
In 1954 Siebner and his family moved to Victoria, British Columbia where he focused on his art and engaged in much experimentation with different mediums and methods.
He was a founding member of the informal group, the Limners Society of Artists. Other group members include Maxwell Bates, Richard Ciccimarra, Robin Skelton, Myfanwy Pavelic, Elza Mayhew, Nita Forrest, Robert de Castro, and Karl Spreitz.
Siebner has had over a hundre solo shows. His work represented in Canadian, German and American public institutions. His work has received international recognition. He was a member of The Royal Canadian Academy.
He died in 2003.