Born in 1968, Baku, Azerbaijan, Niyaz Nadjafov currently resides and works in Paris.
After the compulsory two-years service in the Soviet army, Niyaz worked as a sports-trainer in a police department throughout 1990s. It was only in 2003 that he, a self-taught artist, started experimenting with oil painting.
In 2009, Niyaz Nadjafov represented Azerbaijan in the Venice Biennale among other artists. A year later, he moved to Paris. Ever since, his works have been being exhibited in prestigious international fairs and exhibitions in the UK, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, Italy, United Sates, Germany, Denmark, Egypt, and France.