A classically trained painter and sculptor, Andreas Nilsson is known for his fine art-driven, often surreal and playful style of directing. He entered into the world of commercials by way of set design and art direction in the music industry; a background that is evident in the elaborate, memorable images and sounds woven into his advertising campaigns.
Andreas has innovated for brands such as Budweiser, Target, Gevalia, Cadbury, Nike, Toyota, Valmano and others. His 2013 spot “The Epic Split” for Volvo Trucks shattered convention and instantly went viral, garnering over 67 million views on YouTube (and counting) and hitting every major “Best of the Year” list in the ad world. His original live installation “Cut Through L.A.” for Nike – involving staging over forty Chris Paul lookalikes in a freeze-frame along the Venice Beach Boardwalk – earned buzz and an AICP Next award to boot. Beyond commercials, Andreas has also worked with diverse performers including Kanye West, 2Chainz, David Guetta, Akon, Ne-Yo, Dizzee Rascal, Robbie Williams, Miike Snow, Röyksopp, Peter Bjorn and John, Moby, Yeasayer, Jose Gonzales, MGMT and others to create provocative music videos where the only thing to expect is the unexpected. He has also designed stages, video projections and costumes for the acclaimed Fever Ray world tour and for the Royal Theatre in Stockholm.
Having devoted time to an eclectic range of work throughout his career, Andreas’ background and skills as a fine artist permeate all aspects of his filmmaking – from the incredibly detailed set designs to the gorgeous visuals and handmade costumes that appear in much of his work. His depth lends itself to an unparalleled vision and sense of humor that cannot be replaced.