Curd Ridel was born in Africa, but settled in Paris in 1979. He presented his first comics in Les Vacheries de Corinne & Jeannot and Footy. In 1983, he created 'Tahoré, le petit Tahitien' from scripts by Pierre-Yves Gabrion in Fripounet. He worked for the magazine Pif for a while, where he drew several episodes of the title comic, as well as the series 'Radio Kids' with text by Jacques Lelièvre.
During the nineties, he developed several new projects, such as the adventures of the apprentice fakir 'Tandori' with Scotch Arleston for Lombard between 1992 and 1995. It was followed by 'Rigoletto Loustic' with Téhy (Casterman, 1994-95) and his long solo series 'Angèle et René' (Lombard, 1997-2005). He also took over 'Le Gowap' from Midam in Hello Bédé, of which he made seven books with Mythic for Le Lombard between 1996 and 2005.
He has additionally made short stories and illustrations for magazines like Spirou, Le Journal de Mickey, Bambi, Chut! and Rik et Rok, the free magazine of the Auchan department stores. Ridel has furthermore designed about 70 "Malabarbouilles", labels for the chewing-gum brand Malabar.
Besides drawing his own stories, Ridel has also written comics for other artists, including 'Django Renard' for Dav (Bamboo, 2002) and 'Tuff et Koala' for Philippe Fenech (Soleil, 2004-06). Besides humor, the award-winning artist has proven capable of drawing semi-realistic comics as well, with 'Ushuaia, les aventures de Nicolas Hulot', a series he makes with Pascal Bresson for Glénat since 2010. He has continued to make humor comics for Éditions Bamboo however, such as 'Les Pétanqueurs' with Christophe Cazenove, the children's tale 'Le Vilain Petit Canard' and the 'Si j’étais grande, je serais...' series.