Born in Algiers, Algeria.
Lives and works in Tours (France) and Tizi-Ouzou (Algeria).
By its simplicity as a tool, Massinissa Selmani makes drawing a central medium of his practice. His work, in which the gravity of the subjects is carried by humor, the absurd and simplicity of means, often presents drawings that depict strange or absurd situations made of improbable assemblages tinged with a certain gravity, images taken from the printed press, short animations, sculptures and installations.

In 2023, Massinissa Selmani was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize. In 2015, he received a special mention at the 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Onwezor. He was also the winner of the Art Collector Prize (France) and the SAM Art Projects Prize for Contemporary Art (France) in 2016.

Selected solo and group exhibitions include the 56th Venice Biennale ; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris ; Taipei Biennial 2023; Palais de Tokyo, Paris ; Sharjah Biennial 13 ; Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK ; IVAM Valencia, Spain ; Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw ; the 13th Biennale de Lyon, France ; Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré (CCC OD) of Tours, France ; Museum of African Art, Belgrade, Serbia ; 11th Dakar Biennial, Senegal ; UGM Maribor, Slovenia; Kochi – Muziris Biennale 22-23, India, among others.

Collections include the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France ; MAC Lyon, France ; Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh ; Frac Centre Val de Loire, France ; Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP), France and the British Museum, London, UK.