Born in Marseille, Turf studied at the Angoulême School of Fine Arts in the late eighties. He graduated in the same year as his fellow comic authors Tiburce Oger, Claire Wendling, Masbou and Loyer. He went to work in an animation studio, where he was a background artist on series like 'Denver the Last Dinosaur' and 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'. He contributed his first comic story to the first issue of the collective series 'Les Enfants du Nil' in 1990, and then teamed up with Joël Mouclier to create the series 'Les Remparts d'Écume', for which he co-wrote the first episode. In 1993, he began his own series at Delcourt, 'La Nef des Fous', creating a mysterious closed world, with a vibrant artwork.