Keith Kovach was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1962, and in 1986 he received his MFA in photography from the University of South Florida. For over ten years, he worked as a freelance artist specializing in multimedia development, animation, and commercial photography. From 1999 to 2004, he taught at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis. He is currently an associate professor of art at the University of Central Florida.
In 2004, Kovach was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in media studies, conducting collaborative research and lecturing at the National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania. His book Vienna in the Winter: A Visceral Experience of Time and Place is a collection of images made during his grant from the Austrian Fulbright Commission and Quartier21/MuseumsQuartier Artist-in-Residence 2015.