José Maria Vieira Mendes was born in 1974 in Lisbon, where he currently lives. In the past, he also lived in Porto, Vila Meã, Praia das Maçãs, Saarbrücken, Berlin, Saint Nazaire, Budapest and Altura.
He mainly writes theatre plays. He’s part of the theatre company Teatro Praga since 2008 and he’s also an art director at the arts space Rua das Gaivotas 6, in Lisbon. His plays have been translated in over ten languages. Furthermore, José Maria also works in literary translations, he has written two opera librettos, two children’s books and occasionally works with visual artists.