Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1973, to Portuguese and Brazilian parents. Spends formative years attending life-drawing classes, drawing comics and working as a freelance illustrator for local publications. In 1993, works for a year as an assistant to American theatre director and visual artist Robert Wilson in several opera, installation and theatre productions worldwide. The following years are spent developing his own work in performance and installation, which he exhibits in venues in Brazil, Portugal and Spain. In 1998 he is awarded an APARTES scholarship by the Brazilian Government to pursue postgraduate studies in Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College, London. Upon completion of his studies, he works for another year as an assistant to British artist Liam Gillick, while at the same time developing work in sculpture. Returns to Brazil in 2001, settling in Rio de Janeiro, where he currently resides. Since then, Carneiro da Cunha has had solo exhibitions at Galeria Fortes Vilaça (São Paulo) and Kate Macgarry Gallery (London), and has taken part in group shows in museums and galleries worldwide, most noticeably in the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, ASU Contemporary Art Museum (Arizona), USF Contemporary Art Museum (Florida), Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York), Karyn Lovegrove Gallery (Los Angeles) and Galeria Joan Prats (Barcelona). His work also features in private collections such as the Saatchi collection, Thyssen-Bornemissa TB21 and the Monsoon collection.