Born in 1955 in Montreal, Marc Paradis studied theatre and visual arts. He has also participated to many training workshops from 1978 to 1990 with Josef Robakowsky, Bruno Bigoni, Grotowsky, Michael Kriegman and others. He co-directed Sheme-vidéo with Luc Bourdon in 1984 and Say Cheese for a Trans-Canadian Look in 1985. He has also made video recordings of performances by artists such as Denis Lessard, John Mingolla and Yves Lalonde. His works has earned a degree of national and international recognition and been widely commented on by the critics. His works question love relationships between men, desire, fantasm, sexual representation, sometimes playing on the pornography borders. Marc Paradis' interest for video started in 1981, while he was doing a screen-test for Jean-François Garsi's movie La chambre blanche, he was then the assistant of the french director.
"Marc Paradis, a talented video maker who leaves heated debate in his wake [...] takes a crucial and beneficial look at homosexual imagery and the role of seduction and desire in romantic relationships. [...] We sense in his work an incessant desire to dissect, with neither complacency nor solicitousness, the strategy behind the way we look at others and the sexual mechanisms at work in modern society." - CRON, Marie-Michèle. « Marc Paradis, enfer et damnation », Le Devoir, Montreal, April 6, 1992