Joe Dias was born in Carlisle in 1956. He studied Fine Art at Carlisle College of Art and Design and then Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic from 1976-79 where he gained a 2:1 Honours Degree. In 2008 he completed an MA in Contemporary Fine Art at the University of Cumbria. In 2009 he gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cumbria. Joe still lives and works in Cumbria.