Ramzi Ghotbaldin was born in 1955 in Khanaqin, Kurdistan. From childhood he helped in his father and grandfather's photography studio. In 1975 he gained a Diploma in Graphics and Engraving from the Institute of Fine Art in Baghdad and began to exhibit his work the following year.

For some years Ramzi Ghotbaldin became involved in the Kurdish resistance against Saddam Hussein's regime, spending eight months in prison. In 1982 he joined the Peshmerga fighters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in the mountains, northeast of Sulaymaniyah, working mainly in the publication centre on newspapers. After the Anfal operation in 1988, carried out by the Iraqi regime and the gassing of the city of Halabja, he escaped with others to Iranian Kurdistan. In 1990 he was invited to Paris for an exhibition of Kurdish artists, where he stayed. He obtained political asylum and French nationality a few years later.

Ramzi Ghotbaldin has now lived and worked in Paris for thirty years and since 1996, he has exhibited regularly in Paris, in Normandy, but also in Belgium, the United States, China, Kurdistan and in the UK at Campden Gallery.