Juan Delcan is a native of Spain where he studied architecture and fine art and began his career as a graphic designer and illustrator. He lives and work between Los Angeles and New York. In Madrid, Juan joined Opera Soft where his video game designs enjoy cult status to this day. He also began his live-action career, directing for European networks in Spain and Germany. Juan moved to the US in the mid 90’s and served as Director at Pittard Sullivan (LA), Lee Hunt Associates (NY), V-12, Spontaneous, Nola Pictures and Click 3X. Although Juan is primarily a live action director, his paintings and illustrations came to the attention of Bono who commissioned him to animate backdrops for U2’s Vertigo Tour, which can be seen in U2 3D, the bands’ 2008 3D theatrical release. This led to animation projects for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, De Beers, MAC Cosmetics, Sundance, Barnes & Noble and SpikeTV. His documentary, AfriCOBRA is an engaging historical tribute to the Chicago artists collective who create images to uplift and affirm the African-American community. Juan completed stage visuals for U2’s Grammy Awards appearance and London, Paris and Berlin award show dates. He also worked closely with the band directing and designing stage visuals for their Vertigo World tour.
Juan has directed numerous live-action and animated projects, often combining both worlds to create stunning visual effects. His clients include American Express, Chase, Bank Of America, Heineken, Lenovo, Verizon, HP, Carolina Herrera, Puma, NBC, AT&T, Herbal Essences, Olay, L’Oreal, Estee lauder,
Crest, Oral-B, JetBlue, Pfizer,Samsung among others. Juan’s short film, The Dead, which illustrates the work of American poet laureate, Billy Collins, was
commissioned for Robert Redford’s Sundance Channel and has garnered numerous awards, most recently, the grand prize at Berlin’s Zebra Poetry Film Festival and India’s Sahdu Film Festival. Juan’s film, The Spider, is a tribute to the art of Louise Bourgeois and was featured in the Berlin and New
Orleans Film Festivals and in Ani’mest Bucharest. The Spider was also featured at the Chicago Film Festival. Also featured at Ani’mest is Juan’s Lutier, a film commissioned by Shakira to support classical music education for children otherwise stifled in poverty in South America.
Juan’s work has been honored by The London International Advertising, British Design & Art Direction Award, Monitor Award and Design Awards, AIGA, The BDA Awards, The Telly Awards and the Museum of Modern Art and continues to be featured at numerous film festivals.