Edi Rama was born in 1964 in Tirana, Albania, back then until 1991 the capital of the isolated and stalinist Socialist People's Republic of Albania. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and moved in the early 1990ies to Paris, where he collaborated on some projects with Albanian artist and friend Anri Sala. At the same time he was very active in the first movements for democracy in Albania. In 1998 he became Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports. After a period as Mayor of Tirana he became in 2013 Prime Minister of Albania.
As an artist he works mostly with highly personal sketches and drawings on notebooks and in his calendars.