Roberto Huarcaya was born in Lima in 1959. He graduated in Psychology at the Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima, 1978-1984), and went on to study Cinema at the Instituto Italiano de Cultura (Lima, 1982) and Photography at the Centro del Video y la Imagen (Madrid, 1989), the year in which he began to go in for photography. He taught Photography at the Universidad de Lima (1990-1993), at the Gaudi Institute (Lima, 1993-1997) and at the Centro de la Fotografía, now Centro de la Imagen (Lima, since 1999) of which he is founder and director.
He is co-director of the Bienal de Fotografia de Lima 2011, editor of CDI, and Peruvian magazine editor for Sueño de la Razon , a Latin American review.
Roberto has also participated in the 6th Havana Biennial1997; Lima Biennial 1997, 1998 and 2000; Primavera Fotográfica of Cataluña 1998; PhotoEspaña 1999; 49th Venice Biennial, 2001; in Polyptychs at CoCA Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, 2007; Dialogues at MOLAA, Museum of Latin American Art de California in 2009 and in the Mois de la Photo 2010, Paris.
His work is part of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie of Paris, the Fine Arts Museum of Houston, the MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art of California, the COCA Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, the Lehigh University Art Collection, the Museo de Arte de Lima, the Museo de San Marcos in Lima, the Fundación América in Santiago, Chile, the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfredo Lam in Havana, Cuba and private collections.