João was born in Lima, Peru. He spent his youth avoiding team sports and drawing elaborate blueprints for things like minivans that turned into submarines. João found the perfect amalgam of art and engineering when he inherited his father's old Pentax. At the age of 15, the family moved to Vancouver, and João used his camera to document the strange new landscape and get close to girls.

After completing a degree in Psychology in Canada, he studied photography at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, executing slick, highly-lit fashion shoots. But it was his intensely personal images he shot in Lima that first attracted magazines such as the Fader and Travel & Leisure to his work, earning João recognition as one of PDN's 30 in 2005. João is based in New York City.

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2013 "Wish You Were Here," Group show, MOPLA, Los Angeles, CA
2012 "Canadian Cafe Bar," Solo show, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
2012 "Stonesthrow Records & MOPLA," Group show, MOPLA, Los Angeles, CA
2011 "Only Photographs," Group show, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR
2011 "WSTRNCV Magazine & MOPLA," Group show, MOPLA, Los Angeles, CA
2010 "Projekt LA," Group show, MOPLA, Los Angeles, CA
2010 "Ciudad Contenida," Group show, Vertice Galeria de Arte, Lima, Peru.
2014 Selected & Chosen, American Photography 30
2013 Selected, American Photography 29
2013 PDN Photo Annual
2012 Selected, American Photography 28
2012 PDN Photo Annual
2011 Selected & Chosen, American Photography 27
2010 Chosen, American Photography 26
2008 PDN Photo Annual
2008 Chosen, American Photography 24
2007 Chosen, American Photography 23
2006 Selected, American Photography 22
2005 Chosen, American Photography 21
2005 PDN 30