Davood Koochaki was born in 1939 in Jomebaza, northern Iran. At age thirteen, virtually illiterate, he decided to leave his family for Tehran in search of a better life. He was hired to help in a car repair workshop but ten years later he opened his own garage. At age 40 he began to draw a little as a hobby, but it was only after he retired at age 60 that he pursued drawing more seriously. Encouraged by his son-in-law, a professional artist, he produced larger drawings with better materials, creating bolder figures and more striking forms in a hatching technique. His main subjects are birds and dark massive figures as mysterious humanoid monsters that may reflect his dark and difficult past as he once suggested. After his first exhibition outside Iran (2012, Galerie Hamer) it did not take long to gain world fame. He died in 2021.