Joe Nalo was born in 1951(?) on Johnson Island in Manus Province. Whilst at school Joe won the Carriapa Art Shield. After graduating from teachers college he taught expressive arts and other subjects a Wau International Primary School.From 1970 to 1972 he was headmaster of Salamaua Boarding School and during this period continued to study art privately with artist Lucy Walker. Joe had already received several painting commissions when he was offered a scholarship in 1974 to study the Creative Arts Centre in Port Moresby and later wenton to teach at the National Arts School as well as a professional artist. In 1975 Joe represented Papua New Guinea at the 10th World Crafts Conference in Montrel, Canada. He travelle with Jakupa to Stuttgart, Germany in 1979 where their art was featured in an exibition of contemporary Papua New Guinean art held in associatio wit the 9th occassions since 1976. Joe became a full time artist in 1991 and enjoys great success in PNG as well as abroad with his detailed drawings, watercolours and oil paintings that often tell stories of traditional and legend using a contemporay approach.