Elmyna Bouchard was born in 1965 in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada. Having studied printmaking at the Centre Sagamie in Alma, she relocated to Montreal in the early 1990s and has been working as a printmaker and engraver ever since. In 2003, she was awarded the Prix de la Fondation Monique et Robert Parizeau, given to an emerging Quebec artist who has made a significant contribution to the field of printmaking. For over 20 years, she has explored art on paper, developing a variety of techniques that often draw on the principles of engraving. Since 2011, she has used the stamping technique both as constraint and dynamic element in a drawing practice. In parallel with prints on paper, she recently began a project called M’absorber de choses tendres [Engrossing Myself in Tender Things], which converts fabric into a form of drawing in relief rather than using it as a drawing surface.
Since 1990, her works have been acquired for many corporate and public collections, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Alcan, Loto-Québec, Hydro-Québec, Télé-Québec, Cirque du Soleil, Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec, and the National Bank of Canada. She has also received several awards from the Concours d’estampes Loto-Québec (2000), the Biennale internationale d’estampe contemporaine in Trois-Rivières, the Biennale de l’estampe, du dessin et du papier du Québec in Alma (2001), and the 8th Great Canadian Printmaking Competition (2002).