Bryan Konietzko was born in 1975. He graduated from Roswell High School in Roswell, Georgia, and later went on to graduate with honors from the Illustration Department of the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998.
His friend and fellow RISD alumnus, Michael Dante DiMartino, helped him get his foot in the door in the television animation industry. Konietzko worked alongside DiMartino at Film Roman Studios on Family Guy, Mission Hill, and King of the Hill. In 2000, he joined Nickelodeon to work on Invader Zim as a storyboard artist. He spent time in South Korea training the overseas animation crews and became the art director on the second season. Konietzko was later recruited by Nickelodeon to create an original series; he once again partnered with DiMartino, and together they created the animated martial arts saga Avatar: The Last Airbender, which told a continuous storyline through a trilogy of seasons.
In addition to sharing executive producer duties with DiMartino on Avatar, Konietzko also served as the art director on the award winning series, designing the main characters and drawing from his experience as a landscape painter for their fantasy world's epic scope. For their new series The Legend of Korra, Konietzko and DiMartino co-wrote all the scripts for the first season.
Konietzko keeps an online photo journal, which he updates regularly. He also has a band with which he has released several albums, including Our Ancestor's Intense Love Affair and At Night, Under Artificial Light. Konietzko is an electronic recording artist, under the name Ginormous, and an avid nature photographer, showing his work on his website.
He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Lisa, and his dog, Gunther. He has a nephew named Rohan, after whom the second son of Tenzin and Pema is named.