Gilbert Groud was born in a small Ivorian village. His father was an artist, and his mother a dancer. He studied art with a specialization in communication at the National Institute of Arts in Abidjan. He made his album debut with 'Magie Noire', which was published by the French publisher Albin Michel in 2003. In addition, Groud has been working in graphic design and advertisement. He did the lay-outs for newspapers and designed several postal stamps, web sites and logos. He is also making comics on subjects like female genital mutilation and AIDS in Africa. Since 2006 Groud lives as a refuge in Switzerland.