Born in Montréal in 1929, Normand Hudon sold his first pieces to the newspaper La Presse in 1945. Two years later, he enrolled in the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, where he passed the next three years. During this time, he published his first caricatures in La Patrie and the Petit Journal, illustrated articles by Jacques Hébert in La Patrie, and published two comic strips in the supplement to Petit Journal. At the same period, he began to exhibit his own artwork in Montréal.

In September 1951, Normand Hudon left Québec to travel in Europe. There he spent some time at the Académie Montmartre in Paris, as well as many days studying the grand masters in the Louvre. Returning to Québec in 1952, Hudon again began his work as caricaturist and illustrator for several newspapers. In a new departure, he took to the stage in a cabaret show which combined humour and drawing. The same year he made his television début, and quickly became a star of the Montréal artistic scene. He continued as an illustrator for the works of many Québécois authors, and produced a number of posters, all the while continuing to show his paintings in the galleries of Montréal. In 1954, he published the first of four collections of his caricatures. Then, in 1958, he became Robert Lapalme’s successor as official caricaturist for the newspaper Le Devoir.

He moved to a similar position at La Presse in 1961 and remained there until 1963. Beginning in the mid 1960s, Normand Hudon began to leave the footlights behind and re-orient his career. He explored a number of new avenues, but fixed eventually on painting which remained his principal occupation for the rest of his life. He died in Montreal in January 1997, after residing many years in Hatley, in the Eastern Townships.