Roberto Huarcaya (1959- ) is one of the most distinguished and committed contemporary artists in Peru. Since his appearance on the visual arts scene, he stood out for the ambition of his projects, in which the photographic medium has often been linked to other creative means. Huarcaya has always been interested in reality as a space for creation. Exercising an anthropological point of view on the images he chooses to take, the artist combines his interest in nature with its forests, oceans and jungles, which are manifested in emblematic series such as “Amazogramas” (2014). Since 2014, the artist has turned his attention to photography without a camera and is producing ‘photograms’, returning to the very origins of photography and using a primitive technique to capture primeval realities.
Roberto Huarcaya graduated in Psychology at the Universidad Católica del Perú, studied Cinema at the Instituto Italiano de Cultura and Photography at the Centro del Video y la Imagen (Madrid, 1989), year in which he began to go in for photography. He 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, Biennial de Daugu 2014 in Corea, Valongo festival 2016 in Brazil, among others.
His work is part of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Fine Arts Museum of Houston, the MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art in California, the CoCA Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, the Lehigh University Art Collection, the Art Museum of Lima, from the San Marcos Museum in Lima, the América Foundation in Santiago de Chile, the Wilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Center in Havana, and the Hochschild and Mulder Private Collection, among others.
Roberto Huarcaya for OFFSCREEN features a photogram piece from the “Amazogramas” series shot at night in Bahuaja Sonene National Park, in the Peruvian jungle of Tambopata, deploying 30 meters long photosensitive paper between the dense foliage, which is printed directly to paper with a small flash light and full moon.
Rolf Art, located in Buenos Aires and founded by Florencia Giordana Braun in 2009, is the only art gallery specialized in technical image in Argentina. Focused on contemporary Latin American visual arts, the gallery features works exploring photographic media and its boundaries. The selection of artworks considers pieces with an inextricable union between critical density and aesthetic value. The curatorial profile challenges the political context & considers the social and economical background of artistic production as a determining factor for art’s interpretation. The gallery is committed to a select group of contemporary established Latin American artists, promoting them on a national and international basis.