Rizah Pasalic was born in 1939 in Novi Sad. Since 1941 he has lived in Sarajevo where he graduated from the Faculty of Law and began working as a lawyer in 1970. He has published two radio dramas for children, which were broadcasted on Radio Sarajevo, two collections of short stories, Dvije ekskurzije (2006) and Labudarka i druge price (2010) and two novels.
The novel for children, Chief drvena nova (Chief Wooden Leg), was published in 1997. There have been three editions so far and the book has been translated into Czech. The novel, Stanari zute zgrade, (Tenants of the Yellow Building) was published in 2013.