Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Arias grew up and studied dance in New York City. He was a performer with the Netherlands Dance Theater (NDT) and Crystal Pite’s company Kidd Pivot. Originating roles and performing in works by master choreographers including Jirí Kylián, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite.
Arias has created original works for internationally renowned companies such as the Netherlands Dance Theater, Zurich Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, Bern Ballet, Ballet Theater Basel, Tanz Lucerne Theater, Hessisches Staatsballet, Nuremberg Ballet, Paul Taylor Company, Gibney Company, Charlotte Ballet, Scottish Ballet, among others.
Arias is the recipient of the 2020 prestigious German Der Faust Award, 2019 Jacobs Pillow Fellowship Award, and the 2017 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award. Arias was
nominated for the 2016 Rolex protege award.
In 2015, Arias founded ARIAS Company. A project based multidisciplinary company where he created evening length works which toured to festival such as Jacob's Pillow(USA), Danse Danse(Montreal), and The Colours Festival(Stuttgart).
In 2020, Arias co-founded Company Snorkel Rabbit, a multidisciplinary company based in Basel, Switzerland, and currently the resident company of Opera de Massy(France).