Teresa Ascenção was born to Azorean parents in Sao Paulo, Brazil and immigrated to Canada at a young age. She holds a Graphic Design Diploma from Humber College and graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto's Honors Fine Art Studio program. Ascenção's work has been exhibited widely in Canada and has recently begun showing internationally. She lives and works in Toronto and teaches at the Toronto School of Art and Ontario College of Art.