Born in Algeria in 1947, Rachid Koraïchi grew up in a family with a Sufi heritage, and became fascinated as a child with old manuscripts and talismans for the way in which the signs and lines they contained seemed to move. After training at the Beaux-Arts school in Algiers from 1967 to 1971, he moved to Paris and studied at the Arts Décoratifs school from 1973 to 1975, at the Beaux-Arts school until 1977, and at the Institut d’Urbanisme de l’Académie de Paris (Town-planning institute in Paris).
Reaching beyond calligraphy and painting, his work is inhabited by evolving words, symbols and fragments of writing. An internationally renowned artist, he has shown his graphic and calligraphic work in many museums and public collections: Museum of Modern Art in Paris; Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, Egypt; British Museum, London; Museum of Mankind, USA; Museum Voor Volkenkunde, Rotterdam; National Gallery, Kuwait; Museum of Modern Art in Tunis; Museum of contemporary art, Lisbon; Khalid Shoman Foundation, Darat al Funun.
He has also illustrated many books, such as Le Testament de l’Ennemi by Ethel Adnan.