Arturo Perez Torres
Art Director + Filmmaker

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Brand Creation

Who are you and how do you want to be remembered?

Industrial Alliance

Re-branding of an existing company


Branding of 'brand' new company


Protecting an established brand


Also known as the art of persuasion.


Ad campaign for new credit cards


Multi-product print campaign

Time Warner Cable

Print and DM campaign


First impressions matter.


New identity design

Think Street

New identity design

IA Clarington

Makeover of old identity


Straight to you.


Client appreciation DM


Young investors DM


New VIP investors DM


Presenting the year's harvest.

Multimedia Games

Annual report design


Annual report design


Annual report design


Who doesn't judge a film by its poster?

Wetback-The Undocumented Documentary

Feature length documentay

Super Amigos

Feature length documentay

Las Aguilas Humanas

Feature length documentay


Or the opportunity to engage in a conversation with your clients.


Interactive stand-alone multimedia

IA Clarington

Website and UX design

Website and UX design

New Product Design

Good products sell. Good good-looking products sell more.

Target Click

Product design & Launch material

Distinction Portfolios

Product design & Launch material

Scotiabank's Business Credit Cards

Credit card design

landmark events

Or the events that would make my daughter proud and my mom worry.

  • I was born in Mexico City (and raised in the district of Coyoacan best known as Frida Kahlo's neighbourhood) where I studied Graphic Design at the Universidad Iberoamericana.

    studied graphiC design IN MEXICO CITY

    Universidad Iberoamericana

  • Two years later, my graphic design training was interrupted by a severe case of wanderlust so I decided to move to Europe.

    For the next 2 years I worked as an Au Pair and as a mover while studying French at the Sorbonne.

    Cours de langue et Civilisation Française

    Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

  • When I watched the American remake of Godard's Breathless, my life changed. I decided to go to the U.S. and enrol in Film School.

    I was accepted in San Francisco State University where I studied under Academy Award-Winning documentary filmmaker Ron Levaco.

    Four years later, I graduated with a BFA with honours in cinema and a minor in psychology.

    BFA IN cinema

    SFSU 1997

  • Fresh out of university, I got a job as Graphic Designer at, Microsoft's guide of specific cities and the first on-line service to compete with urban weekly newspapers.

    I was responisble for the design of online ads. It was my first job in the advertising industry and I was hooked.

    Graphic designer at MicrosOFT

    San Francisco 1997-1999

  • While working for Microsoft I realized that great design and great ads are about knowing people. Knowing what they need, what they want and what they aspire to.

    In 1999 I decided to move to the Netherlands to pursue a Master's degree in sociology. My research, under the supervision of Doctor Abram de Swaan from the Univesiteit van Amsterdam, focused on the concept of identity formation in virtual communities.

    I become fluent in Dutch by the second year and upon receiving my MA degree, I got my first job as Art Director at Dammar.

    MA in sociology

    Universiteit van Amsterdam 1999-2001

  • I was part of a group in charge of developing one of the first fully virtual work place in Europe. I led a group of seven people and two years later, the concept materialized: The YACHT Virtual Community launched as one of Europe's leading virtual networks of collaboration and knowledge.

    Working in this project confirmed two things:

    1) My three passions -design, film and sociology- could live harmoniously under the roof of advertising agencies.

    2) In order to do great design being a sociologist comes in more handy than being a graphic designer.

    Art director at dammar

    Amsterdam 1999-2001

  • After 4 years of living in Europe, I began missing the North American life style. I knew for months that my eventual return was inevitable.

    I moved to Austin, TX where I worked as Art Director for Think Street. I got fully immersed in the American ad agency world. I worked with big clients like Time Warner and Wendy's and rolled out their national ad campaigns.

    Unfortunately, living in Texas under George W. Bush during the tragic events of 9/11 didn't look like the America I had carefully idealized while living in Europe.

    art director at think street

    Austin 2001-2002

  • "What about Canada?" A Canadian friend suggested. Culturally similar to the U.S. yet politically less conservative, Canada looked like the perfect candidate for somebody who has spent his last four years in the socially progressive Netherlands.

    In 2002 I packed my life in a U-Haul truck, drove to Toronto and haven't looked back ever since.

    My first job in Toronto was at Hellin Marketing -an ad agency with several important clients like Scotiabank and Xerox.

    Speaking Spanish came in handy and I was put in charge of the advertising and communication campaigns for Scotiabank's Latin American branches.

    art director at hellin

    Toronto 2002-2004

  • Up to this point my experience in film was limited to TV spots and interactive videos but in 2003 that changed. I started working on a documentary feature film about immigration. A few years later I finished it and in 2005 Wetback-The Undocumented Documentary screened in over 70 film festivals around the world and won seven International Awards.

    The National Geographic Channel bought the rights to the film, translated it into 12 languages and broadcasted it in over 40 countries.

    In 2005 I decided to start a company to produce more documentary works. To this day I have directed 5 five feature length docs and received over 15 international awards.

    CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT open city works

    Toronto 2005 to present


  • In 2007, for the first time in my advertising and marketing career, I took a 'client side' position. I was in charge of forming a creative group to fully rebrand one of Canada's oldest investing firms. The project lasted 3 years and it successfully repositioned IA Clarington- in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis- as a dynamic and reliable investing firm.

    art director at industrial alliance

    Toronto 2007-2010

  • In 2009, two years after becoming a Canadian citizen, I was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts, making me the only Canadian to win the prestigious award that year.

    Guggenheim fellowship winner

    New York 2009


  • In 2011, I was inducted into the Mexican Hall of Creators (SNCA), Mexico's foremost distinction for excellence in the arts.

    inducted into the mexican hall of creators

    Mexico City 2011

  • Since 2010, I have worked as an independent Art Director, Filmmaker, Desinger for hire. I have worked with different clients from very different sectors -from Investing Companies to Art Galleries.

    In the last 5 years, I have also had the pleasure to be a guest lecturer in several Universities. Most notably, at the Arizona State University, Columbia University, University of Toronto, Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, York University, St. Mary's College of Maryland and UC Berkeley.

    I have also served as jury member for the Kinoki Film Festival, ImagiNative, DocsDF and twice for the Hotdocs International Documentary Film Festival.



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