Baru started out with complete stories in the magazine Pilote in 1982,
publishing "Quéquettes Blues" two years later, a moving and partly
autobiographical work about the everyday life of French working-class
children. This won him the Alfred prize for best first album in 1985 in
Angoulême and made him known to the general public. This album
contains the seed of all Baru's works to come.
In 1985, Dargaud published "La Piscine de Micheville", followed by the second and third volumes of "Quéquette Blues". In 1985 and 1987, Futuropolis brought out "La Communion du Min" and "Vive la classe". Baru went on to create "Cours camarade" for the magazine L'Écho des Savanes, then "Le Chemin de l'Amérique" (Alph'Art prize for best album, 1991 in Angoulême, co-written with Jean-Marc Thévenet), published in 1988 and 1990 by Albin Michel.
In April 1995, he published "L'Autoroute du soleil" with Kodansha, then with Casterman in September. This album was awarded the Prix des Libraires Spécialisés and the Alph'Art prize for best album at the 1996 Angoulême festival.
Last albums published: "Sur la route encore" (January 1997), "Bonne Année" (September 1998) and "Les Années Spoutnik" (four albums published) all by Casterman. With "L'Enragé", he made a sensational entrance in the "Aire Libre" collection.