Born in Lima, Peru, Ricardo de Montreuil was raised in the northern coastal city of Trujillo. As a child, de Montreuil studied painting at the Trujillo Fine Arts School and later he was trained by the renowned Peruvi
an painter Pedro Azabache. After finishing high-school de Montreuil moved to the United States to study film. De Montreuil graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BA in Graphic Design, an MA in Graphic Design and a minor in Film and Art History. 

His debut feature film, La Mujer De Mi Hermano (My Brother’s Wife), based on a novel by the controversial Peruvian author Jaime Bayly, was acquired for theatrical distribution by Twentieth Century Fox in Latin America and by Lionsgate for the U.S. market. My Brother’s Wife enjoyed both the largest release and biggest opening weekend box-office for a Latin film in the USA at the time. 

His second film Mancora was selected for competition in the World Drama category at the Sundance Film Festival 2008. The film cast includes Elsa Pataky, Enrique Murciano, Jason Day, Phellipe Haagensen and Liz Gallardo. Mancora was also selected at several other prestigious films festivals around the world, such as Edinburgh International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival and São Paulo International Film Festival.

De Montreuil’s short film The Raven was optioned by Universal right after it became an online viral phenomenon, with Mark Wahlberg producing the feature-length project alongside his producing partner Steve Levinson.

In 2010 de Montreuil signed on to direct Lowriders for Universal and Imagine Entertainment. Set against the backdrop of East Los Angeles’ car culture, the film tells the story of Danny, a talented young street artist caught between the lowrider world inhabited by his old-school father and ex-con brother and his need for self-expression. Produced by Brian Grazer and Jason Blum, Lowriders stars Eva Longoria, Demian Bichir, Melissa Benoist, Theo Rossi, Tony Revolori and Gabriel Chavarria.