Álvaro de Mendonça was born in Faro, southern Portugal, in 1959. Studied painting at Lisbon University Fine Arts School until 1985.
Like many other painters he started drawing and painting as a child and continued until he became a professional visual artist.
His first individual exhibition was in 1982, while studying at Lisbon University.
Since then he has participated on several collective art projects and made many individual exhibitions and public performances.