Gilberto Ojeda was born into a farming community and completed primary school education in Uruguay. After his arrival in Australia he worked as a tool maker in a factory in New South Wales. Ojeda took up writing upon retirement and under the pen name El viejo Zoilo. He published his work in Noticias y Deportes
, El Espanol en Australia
, and Nosotras
. In 1997 he received third prize in the Romeria del Rocio competition in Adelaide. He has also received several awards of appreciation from the Spanish Community Association.