Born in Kempten, Germany on July 26, 1885. In 1901 Kiechle immigrated to New Orleans and soon moved to St Louis, MO where he created stained-glass windows. In 1919 his graphic skills led him to Hollywood where he pioneered in the motion picture industry , at MGM matte department under Warren Newcombe. As scenic artist, he helped develop matte shots, an art technique of photographic art combined with actual scenery which created a total atmospheric image on film.
His staff, under the direction of Cedric Gibbons, won many prices.