Born in 1960 in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), Alain Paiement studied Fine Arts at Université du Quebec à Montréal, E.N.S.A.V. La Cambre (Brussels) and the University of Paris. A major artist in the Canadian art scene, his work has been exhibited internationally in Europe, America, Japan and China. Paiement is represented by Leo Kamen Gallery in Toronto (Canada) and Espace photographique Contretype in Brussels (Belgium). He is a professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
His work is in the collections of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography(National Gallery). His work was part of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal in 2009 and has been presented in major museums in Canada, at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York; Mai Manó, the Hungarian House of Photography; the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin; the Musée Carnavalet in Paris and the Whitney Museum (downtown) in New York, among other museums.