Born in Lima, Peru, Marcos graduated from the Communications program at San Martin de Porras University in 1985. In Peru he worked as a journalist and photographer for the dailies “MARKA”, “LA VOZ”, and the weekly magazine “AMAUTA”.
Arriaga immigrated to Canada in 1987. He graduated from Sheridan College’s Media Arts Film Program in 1995 and followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production at York University in 2003. Arriaga has directed almost a dozen films including WATCHING (1994); EL BARRIO (1998); THE HARRIS PROJECT (1998) PROMISED LAND (2002), A LITTLE SQUARE OF HEAVEN (2003), 3×16 (2007), and a medium length documentary, titled MARICONES (2005).
Arriaga was the Director of Photography on several independent productions including: DEEP INSIDE CLINT STAR (1999), which won a Gemini award for Best Social and Political Documentary (2000); the feature drama JOHNNY GREY EYES (2001) , which won awards at Toronto’s Inside Out Film Festival and the Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles; ZERO: THE INSIDE STORY (2004); GOLDIROCKS (2003); HONEY MOCASSIN (1998); and several shorts.
Marcos lives and works in Toronto, Canada.