Rafael Morales was born in Montreux, Switzerland. He met Jacques Martin in 1986, and became his apprentice and assistant in the following year. His first work was on the backgrounds of 'Les Voyages d'Alix'. From 1998 to 2005, he took over the main 'Alix' series from Martin, after which he was succeeded by Christophe Simon. In 2007 he launched his own series, 'Hotep', a series also set in ancient Egypt.