Born in Brazil in 1981, Joao Henrique Brandao graduated from the University of Fine Arts of Parana in 2007. He was subsequently awarded a residency program in the USA at the Josef Albers Foundation in Bethany, Connecticut, where he developed in depth studies of Albers' color theory literature. In 2008, Joao began a 3 years course of study with renowned portrait painter Joseph Peller at the Art Students League of Art in New York City. He earned his MFA degree from the Graduate School of Figurative Art at the New York Academy of Art. He has taught at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Institute of Classical Architecture, the Art Students League of New York and the New York Academy of Art.