For as long as he can remember, Los Angeles native, Arturo “Art” Hernandez has had a love for animation and storytelling. He credits this love to Grandma Becky. Their special bond, the stories of her youth, and the traditions she grew up with in Mexico, have always served as inspiration for Art.
In 1994, he began his career as an assistant animator for Turner Feature Animation where he worked on the film, Cats Don’t Dance. He was then recruited to work on Fantasia 2000 for Disney where he spent the next eighteen years as an animator, story artist, and head of story. His film credits there include; Hercules, Tarzan, Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Brother Bear, The Tinker Bell films, Planes: Fire & Rescue, and more. Among his final projects while at Disney, he became a published illustrator with the release of the Little Golden Book that accompanied Planes: Fire & Rescue.
In 2015, Arturo left Disney to pursue directing opportunities and was soon developing a project for the Warner Animation Group. A year later he landed at Sony Pictures Animation where he is currently directing an unannounced animated feature film.
He lives in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles with his wife Jenn and their two incredibly stubborn dachshunds.