Ardy Zirakzadeh was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1955 to Aboulghassem Zirakzadeh and Refugio Flores Zirakzadeh. The family moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1956, where Aboul taught mathematics at the University of Colorado and Refy taught Spanish in the Boulder Valley School District. Ardy graduated from Boulder High in 1974, and attended Colorado State University, where he received a BFA in Printmaking in 1981. Ardy has been married since 1979, and has two children.
Ardy worked at Sears as a display manager from 1977-1984, when he left to found Master Screen Art, where he utilized silkscreening original images for clients. Ardy closed the shop in 1990, when he began a career teaching visual arts in the Boulder Valley School District. He remained with the district until his retirement in 2012. In 2013, after a long hiatus, Ardy opened fat Bird Studios, where he has began making his own art work again.
Ardy has been in the Artnauts since 2014.