While the exact birthdate of Babahoum is unknown, it is thought that the Moroccan artist was born before World War II in a farming village about thirty kilometers outside of Essaouira. As a young man, Babahoum left the countryside, avoiding a life of farm labor. He tried his hand at various trades – scrap merchant, second-hand goods dealer providing daily supplies to the souk merchants, worker in an olive press. It was not until the eve of his seventieth birthday that he walked into an art gallery in Essaouira to show the dealers his drawings.
Babahoum draws and paints with gouache, walnut stains, and ballpoint pen on reclaimed wood, cardboard and paper. Human figures and animals, methodically arranged in rural or village settings, are central to his work. He paints daily life, the souk, houses with inhabitants at the windows, goats climbing in trees, and shepherds’ camps, often creating multiple versions of the same scene. He also paints fantastical images, strange creatures and sinister landscapes. In 2014, Babahoum stopped speaking and was hospitalized for pneumonia. He now lives between the hospital and his son's house, and is still actively drawing and painting.
Babahoum's work has been shown at the Outsider Art Fair Paris since 2016, and is included in the Collection Galerie la Kasbah (Essaouira, Morocco), and Collection abcd / Bruno Decharme (Paris, France).