Sylvie Olive was born in 1963 and grew up in and around Paris.
She was a Fine Arts student in Paris at the St Charles Faculty (Faculté St Charles) , the Charpentier Academy (Académie Charpentier) and the Leconte Academy (Académie Leconte). She also studied at the National School for Contemporary Art (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art Contemporain), in Cergy.
In 1987, she starts her career in the theatre, as assistant to scenographer Dominique Pichou. Her film career gets under way in 1990 with her first set design for the feature " La Discrete" directed by Christian Vincent.
Over the years, her work has often led her abroad, to New York, Montreal, Berlin, Bruxelles...While pursuing her work as a set designer for films, she explores the fields of modern dance and experimental Performing Arts.