Nigoghos Sarafian was born on a boat that was leaving Constantinople on the way to Varna. He received his education in Armenian and French schools in Romania and Bulgaria. During the troublesome period of World War I, Sarafian along with his family fled back to Varna where they would remain until the Armistice of Mudros and move to Istanbul.
He attended the prestigious Getronagan Armenian High School.
After the promulgation of the Turkish Republic in 1923 he moved to Paris. He wrote prolifically in French and Armenian.