Gauz was born Armand Patrick Gbaka-Brédé in 1971 in Le Plateau, a district of Abidjan. His father was a teacher and a socialist member of parliament His mother was a nurse and communist. he was influenced by reading Ahmadou Kourouma and Louis-Ferdinand Céline. In 1999 he came to France to study biochemistry and worked as a security guard. He has since left France to live in Grand-Bassam. He has worked as a photographer, script-writer and newspaper editor. He has written three novels, one of which has been translated into English.
Gauz (in French)
Gauz reçoit le Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique noire 2018 pour Camarade Papa (in French)
2014 Debout-Payé (Standing Heavy) (novel)
2018 Camarade Papa
2020 Black Manoo
2022 Cocoaïans (naissance d’une nation chocolat)