Paul Édouard Bourque was born in 1956 in Moncton, where he still lives. Bourque was one of the first graduates in Visual Arts at the Université de Moncton, earning his Bachelor’s degree in 1978.
He was project manager at the University’s Musée Acadien, and curated two art exhibitions in 1983, the year he also became Executive Director of Galerie Sans Nom, in Moncton.
Since 1985, and full-time since 1988, Bourque has been working as a technician at the Galerie d'art and the Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton. He has received several grants from public sources: the French government, the government of New Brunswick, and the Canada Council for the Arts. He has exhibited solo, chiefly in New Brunswick, on nearly 30 occasions starting in 1978, and has participated in some 30 group exhibitions in the Maritimes and abroad, since the 1980's.
Bourque’s work has been largely based on the imagination. Currently he draws themes from everyday life and favours formal aesthetics. Bourque chooses among previously produced images and inserts them in a predetermined time frame, within a precisely numbered series. The act of painting shatters the image’s original structure into multiple variations in an unending process, using vibrant colours and challenging the borders of tradiotional painting techniques.