Roberto Huarcaya was born in Lima in 1959. Graduated in Psychology at the Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima, 1978-1984). Studied Cinema at the Instituto Italiano de Cultura (Lima, 1982) and Photography at the Centro del Video y la Imagen (Madrid, 1989), year in which he began to go in for photography. He teached 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.
Participated in the 6th Havana Biennial 1997; Lima Biennial 1997, 1998 and 2000; Primavera Fotográfica of Cataluña 1998; PhotoEspaña 1999; 49th Venice Biennial, 2001; 2014 Daegu Photo Biennial; 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.
Solo exhibitions: Deseos, Temores y Divanes (Lima, 1990), Fotografías (Lima, 1992), Continuum (Lima, 1994), La Nave del Olvido (Lima, 1996, Paris, 1997 and Barcelone, 1998), Temps Rêvés (Paris, 1998), Ciudad Luz (Lima, 2000), Devenir (Guayaquil, 2003 and Santiago, 2004), El Último Viaje (Buenos Aires, 2004), Antológica (Lima, 2004), Entre Tiempos (Lima, 2005), Ambulantes (London, 2007), Obra reciente (Miami and Lima, 2011), Sutil Violento (Lisbon, 2011) y Amazogramas (Lima, 2014).
He also participated in a series of group exhibitions in USA, France, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Japan, Germany, etc. He obtained the first prize in the Contest Imagen del Perú, organized by Unión Latina in 1991; the third prize in the Amor y Muerte Contest, organized by the Latinamerican Center of Munich, Germany in 1997 and an artist in residence in the Cité Internationale des Arts in París, France during 1997 y 1998. In 2010 wins Petrobras Award in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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.
He is co-director of the Bienal de Fotografia de Lima and Lima Photo, editor of Peruvian magazine CDI, and co-editor of Sueño de la Razón, a Latin American review.