Ian Cuttler

Ian Cuttler Sala (1971–2014) was a Mexican art director, photographer and graphic design artist.

Ian Cuttler
Ian Cuttler Sala

(1971-01-15)January 15, 1971
DiedFebruary 25, 2014(2014-02-25) (aged 43)
Known forPhotography, art direction
AwardsGrammy, Alex


Ian Cuttler was born in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1971. He lived with his brother Alex and two parents. His mother was crowned Miss Chile in 1968. He studied Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, (1991–1996). From 1991 to 1993 he co-owned Alebrije Estudio. In 1996, he moved to New York, New York City where he worked for Sony Music from September 1996 to January 2006. As an Art Director he created visual art campaigns for artists like Beyoncé, Ricky Martin, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Julio Iglesias, Marc Anthony and Destiny's Child.[1][2]

In 2000, he was nominated to the Grammy Award for the Best Boxed Recording Package for Louis Armstrong: "The Complete Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings". He was awarded the Grammy for the Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for Johnny Cash's "The Legend" box set in the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. In January 2006, he left Sony Music to establish his own studio: Ian Cuttler Photography where he worked with prominent firms.

He died in a car accident in Los Angeles, California, on February 23, 2014. [3][4]


Ian Cuttler had credits on the following records:[5]

1997Greatest Hits, Vol. 3Billy JoelArt Direction
1998An Evening at Rao's: Songs from an Italian RestaurantVariousArt Direction
1998Handel: Music for the Royal FireworksJeanne LamonArt Direction
1998Latin Mix USA (1998)VariousArt Direction
1998Liszt: Soirées de VienneGabriela ImrehPhotography
1998My Life: The Greatest HitsJulio IglesiasArt Direction, Design
1998The Player: RetrospectiveDavid BrombergArtwork, Illustrations
1999RainbowMariah CareyDesign
1999The Lost Trident SessionsMahavishnu OrchestraDesign
2000Major League Baseball Presents: M.L.B. CalienteVariousArt Direction
2000Noche de Cuatro LunasJulio IglesiasArt Direction
2000Nothing But Your LoveToshi KubotaArt Direction
2000Purest of PainSon by 4Art Conception, Design
2000Sound LoadedRicky MartinArt Direction, Design
2000The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven RecordingsLouis ArmstrongArt Direction, Design
2000The Greatest Hits Collection, Vols. 1, 2 & 3Billy JoelArt Direction, Mastering
20018 Days of ChristmasDestiny's ChildArt Direction
2001Berlin Lieder: Songs of Irving BerlinIrving BerlinGraphic Design
2001Best of Ricky MartinRicky MartinArt Direction, Design
2001La HistoriaRicky MartinArt Direction, Design
2002A Girl Can Mack3LWArt Direction, Design
2002Heart to YoursMichelle WilliamsArt Direction, Design
2002Simply DeepKelly RowlandArt Direction
2003Almas del SilencioRicky MartinArt Direction
2003Dangerously in LoveBeyoncéArt Direction
2003Sings the Rosemary Clooney SongbookBette MidlerDesign
2003Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold ArlenVariousArt Direction, Design
2003The Other Side of TimeMary FahlArt Direction
2004A Corazon AbiertoAlejandro FernándezArt Direction, Design
2004Amar Sin MentirasMarc AnthonyArt Direction
2004Destiny FulfilledDestiny's ChildArt Direction, Design
2004Do You KnowMichelle WilliamsArt Direction
2004Grammy Nominees 2004VariousArt Direction
2004Live & Off the RecordShakiraArt Direction
2004Valio la PenaMarc AnthonyArt Direction
2005Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Violin ConcertosNikolai ZnaiderDesign
2005Grandes ExitosShakiraPackage Design
2005HitstoryElvis PresleyArt Direction, Design
2005Love Songs: Canciones de AmorJulio IglesiasArt Direction
2005The LegendJohnny CashArt Direction, Design
2005UnwrittenNatasha BedingfieldArt Direction, Design
2007Gabriela Imreh Plays Piano TranscriptionsGabriela ImrehPhotography
2008Dangerously in Love/Live at Wembley (CD/DVD)BeyoncéArt Direction
2008Walk This WayThe White Tie AffairPhotography
2009Cabaret (Original Broadway Cast Recording)Harold HastingsDesign
2009Gabriela Imreh Plays BachGabriela ImrehPhotography
2009Vittorio Giannini: Piano Concerto; Symphony No. 4Daniel SpaldingPhotography
2011Planet PitPitbullPhotography
2014Rumi Symphony Project: UntoldHafez NazeriPhotography

Awards and nominations

  • 2000 Grammy (Nomination) – Best Boxed Recording Package for Louis Armstrong: The Complete Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings.
  • 2003 Alex Award (Winner) – Art Direction and design for Beyoncé: Dangerously in Love.
  • 2006 Grammy (winner) – Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for Johnny Cash's The Legend box set.


  1. Cuttler, Ian. "Ian Cuttler: Bio. New York photography". Ian Cuttler Photography. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  2. "Ian Cuttler Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  3. "Ian Cuttler Dies". GRAMMY.com. February 25, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  4. Lee, Ashley (February 25, 2014). "Grammy-Winning Art Director Ian Cuttler Sala Dead in Car Crash (Report)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  5. "Ian Cuttler – Credits – AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
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