Fernand Toupin was born in 1930 in Montréal, Québec. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1949 with Jean-Paul Jérôme from 1949 to 1953.
In 1955, Toupin, along with Jean-Paul Jerome, Luis Belzile, and Jauran launched the Manifesto of Plastic.
Throughout his early career he worked various jobs with the City of Montréal, the municipal court, and in public relations. He painted during his free time.
In the 1970's, Toupin's artistic career took off. He sold over twenty works to a gallery in Montréal. Following this first exposure his works were featured in many exhibits and continued to sell very well.
His works are part of the collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ottawa, among others. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy.
Toupin died in 2009.