He was the twin brother of Johann Ender. He also studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under professor Joseph Mössmer, becoming a noted landscape painter. He won the grand prize at the Vienna Academy in 1816.
Traveling to Brazil in 1817, he brought back nearly a thousand drawings and water colors. He visited Italy, Palestine, Greece and Paris. In 1836, he became corrector and later professor at the Vienna Academy, filling that chair until 1849.