Rachid Nawa started his career as an assistant animator at the studios of Jean Image. He then became an animator at France Animation, where he worked on the 'Rahan' movie. At the same time, he worked with Farid Boudjellal for Elvifrance publishers. In 1986, he joined Pif Gadget, where he drew the adventures of 'Pif le Chien' until the magazine's disappearance in 1994.
Afterwards, he worked for Le Journal de Mickey (doing 'Mickey Mouse' stories) and Soleil Productions. For the latter, he created 'Sécession' together with François Corteggiani in 1996. He continued his collaboration with Corteggiani in 1999 with the 'Commissaire Soubeyran' series at Glénat.