Jo-Anne Balcaen was born in Manitoba in 1971. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1994 from the University of Manitoba, before relocating to Montreal to complete her Master of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal) in 2000.
Balcaen works across a variety of materials including sound, sculpture, multiples, print, and video. Her work has been supported by the CALQ and the Canada Council. She currently lives in Montreal.