French satirical cartoonist Georges Wolinski was born in Tunisia in 1934. His family moved to France in 1946, where he attended grammar and high school. He studied Architecture in Paris from 1952, but didn't finish his studies. By 1960, he started contributing cartoons, illustrations and a series of comic strips to the satirical monthly Hara-Kiri. These comic strips were based on political or erotic themes: 'Ils Ne Pensent Qu' à Ça' ('They Only Think of One Thing'), 'Histoires Inventées' ('Invented Stories') and 'Hit-Parades'. Wolinski's sharp cartoons soon also found their way to publications like Action and France-Soir.
During the student revolt of May 1968, Wolinski co-founded one of the most mordant satirical magazines, L'Enragé (the Enraged), with Jean-Jacques Pauvert and Siné.
Wolinski was one of the original contributors to Hara-Kiri's weekly counterpart, Hara-Kiri-Hebdo, from 1969. The magazine was soon renamed to Charlie Hebdo and Wolinski served as editor-in-chief from 1970 until 1981. In 1977, Wolinski became an editorial cartoonist of the Communist daily L'Humanité. Wolinski's drawings can additionally be found in the daily Libération, the weekly Paris-Match and L'Écho des Savanes.