He was born in Novaliches, Quezon City, and was raised in Concepcion, Tarlac where he grew up with his grandparents.
Joey received a Certificate in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines and worked as an assistant artist for Maestro Fernando Sena for three years. As an apprentice, Joey learned different styles but enjoyed painting realism in his early work. He is famous for his plays on lights and colors, and is thankful for the knowledge that he learned from his teacher.
Aside from Botero, he also likes the works of Vincent Van Gogh. He is fascinated by Van Gogh's works that appear to be simple paintings but depict intricate details in brush works and the use of colors of everyday subjects such as flowers, nature, and landscape.
So far, Joey has held two solo exhibits and participated in close to a dozen group exhibits.