Born in 1940, in Seixal. In 1959 José took a Drawing, Engraver and Lithograph course at António Arroio School. From then on, his artistic route has been constantly related to graphic arts. In 1974 he was a founder member of the Portuguese Cooperative Society of Designers, in Lisbon. In 1981 Faria won the Edition Prize of the III Drawing Exposition of Artists at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.