Korky Paul was born in Zimbabwe and is one of seven children. He studied Fine Art at Durban Art School, South Africa and Film Animation at CalArts, California, and started his working life in advertising.

He illustrated the Winnie The Witch series for Oxford University Press, which won the Children's Book Award. He has illustrated several other successful books for Oxford, Penguin, and Random House including anthologies of poems edited by John Foster and Michael Rosen.

Known only to himself as the 'World's Greatest Portrait Artist', Korky regularly visits schools and libraries entertaining children.

He now lives in Oxford with his wife and two children, but every summer they live it up in Greece.