Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico to a cardiologist father and episcopal minister mother with two sets of twins (he is a part of one of those sets), Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca came to the USA in 1974. His father wanted his sons to learn English and experience the change of seasons, so he sent them to Salina Kansas to attend St. John’s Military School. Though inspired by photography at 18, his father encouraged him to pursue his studies and keep photography as a hobby. He attended Rockhurst College in Kansas City and received his degree in finance and economics in 1983.Upon returning from a trip to London in 1986, a layover at Newark airport prompted a spontaneous decision to not return to Washington D.C.,his residence at the time. He has since been based in New York, living in the East Village.
In 1995 he joined the Ralph Lauren advertising department as director of visual concepts where he worked closely with the ad team in developing campaign concepts working with Bruce Weber on several advertising shoots. In late 1995 Ralph lauren gave him his first photography assignment, shooting Tyson Beckford for the launch of the designers high end brand, Purple Label, his first published photographs. He left Ralph Lauren in 1997 to pursue photography full time with the blessing of Mr. Lauren. To this day Ralph Lauren remains Arnaldo's most loyal client.
He has since contributed to magazines such as Australian Vogue, Australian GQ, American GQ, French GQ, German GQ, Russian GQ, Esquire, Interview, Out, Black Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Spanish Harper’s Bazaar, Flaunt, Dutch magazines. His extensive client roster includes: Polo Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss, Brooks Brothers, Nautica, Fao Schwarz, Victoria's Secrets, Lord & Taylor, Gap, Louis Boston, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Oxford Clothes, Oscar de la Renta, Country Road, Joseph Abboud, Bergdorf Goodman, Marks & Spencer, Hickey Freeman and Faconnable.