Carol Wainio received her Master of Fine Arts at Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, in 1985.
Throughout her career she has has many international solo and group exhibitions.
She has been teaching for many years. From 1987-89 she was a full-time Lecturer at The University of Ottawa, in the Department of Visual Arts. From 1989-98 she was an assistant professor at Concordia University, in the Department of Painting & Drawing. In 2003 she was a visiting professor at The University of Ottawa.
Her work is part of corporate, private, and public collections, including the National Gallery, Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Art Gallery of Ontario, Glenbow Museum, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, among others.
She is a member of The Royal Canadian Academy and the recipient of numerous grants and awards.
Currently shev lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa.