Gerard Brender à Brandis was born in the Netherlands in 1942 and came to Canada with his family in 1947, living in British Columbia and Nova Scotia before settling in Ontario. He graduated in 1965 from McMaster University with a B. A. in Fine Arts History but set out to establish himself as a studio artist. He has produced more than forty limited editions of handmade books from his studio but has also provided illustrations for a number of commercially published books. He continues to work in his studio in Stratford.