Armand S. Baltazar
Armand S. Baltazar was born 1967 in Chicago’s North Side, not far from the famed Wrigley Field. Always keen on drawing and painting at an early age, his parents encouraged his talents with trips to the Art Institute of Chicago. He pursued formal training first at the Art Institute, then later graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Advertising Illustration.
Unable to find the right fit in Chicago’s advertising market, he traveled west to Phoenix Arizona. There he would work as a contributing editorial artist for The Arizona Republic’s Perspective column and work as a freelance illustrator. His quest to grow as an artist led him to California to attend the Art Center College of Design. There he would earn a second BFA in Illustration and find new focus for his talents.
At school Armand found a great passion for narrative painting. More simply, pictures that told a story with feeling and design. This would lead to a natural path...film.
Armand began his film career with DreamWorks SKG Animation then later with Walt Disney Feature Animation and Image Movers Digital. Currently he calls Northern California his home and is a Senior Designer for Pixar Animation Studios.
Armand works in both film and fine art, exhibiting in and around Los Angeles and San Francisco. He occasionally teaches and speaks at universities around the country.
On his free time he can be found landscape painting and snowboarding, usually not at the same time. Armand shares his adventures with a wonderful and talented wife and son who both support, share, and accommodate his creative passions and in so many ways inspire them.
The Prince of Egypt, The Road to Eldorado, Spirit Stallion of the Cimmaron,
Sinbad, Shark Tale, Flushed Away, The Bee Movie, Princess and the Frog, A Christmas Carol, and Cars 2.