He was born at station Kryukovka Rostov region. Member of the Union of artists of the RSFSR in 1990. In the years 1951-1956 he studied at the Palekh art school. Teachers - A. V. Kotuhin, F. A. Yurtsev, N..Pravdin, I. P. Vakurov. In 1956-1961, he worked at the Palekh art-production workshops. In 1963-1968 he studied at the Moscow textile Institute at the faculty of applied arts. In 1968-1978 he worked as an artist at painted fabrics on Glukhovski cotton mill in the city of Noginsk (Moscow region). In 1978 he returned to Palekh. Since 1991, works in Artel "Palekh".Was engaged in monumental painting (the Room of fairy tales Children's musical theater in Moscow (1979-1982)). In 1991-1992, he led the creation of the iconostasis of the Church of Elijah the Prophet in Palekh. Themes of works: folklore, landscape, genre scenes and ornament. Participant of exhibitions since 1968. The work of G. V. Zotova are stored in museums: gmpi, Umgeni, SHAMS, Ivanovo OC, GIM, Pgaas.