José Miguel Ribeiro was born in Amadora, Portugal, in 1966. He graduated from studies in the visual arts in Lisbon, then studied drawing and puppet animation at Lazzenec-Bretagne in Rennes, France, and at Filmógrafó in Porto. He co-directed the award-winning Eggs (1994), and made several short animated works for the Portuguese version of Sesame Street. He went on to make O Banquete da Rainha (1996), which won an award at the Cinanima International Animated Film Festival, A Suspect (2000), which won the Cartoon d’Or, among numerous other awards, and the multi-award-winning series Home Things (2003). Nayola (2022) marks his featurelength directorial debut.