Dr Carlos Idrobo, also known as Luca Idrobo, is a Colombian-Finnish Philosopher, Art Historian, Psychologist, and Visual Artist based in Finland.

The emphasis of his research and artistic interests are topics in psychology, philosophy, and modern and contemporary art. He trained in Psychology with a final thesis on the narrative construction of identity (Universidad del Valle, Colombia, 2014), followed by a Master of Arts in Philosophy with a master thesis on Heidegger’s interpretation of the Aristotelian Phrónesis (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, 2008). His magna cum laude PhD dissertation in Art History (Universität Greifswald, Germany, 2017), published as a book in 2019, deals with the philosophical concepts of absence and time in relation to the figure of the wanderer in nineteenth century German art. He has worked as psychologist, university lecturer, researcher, and in other academic duties. As a postdoctoral researcher, he was part of the research project Mobility Limits in the Long-Nineteenth Century, based at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland, 2020-21), and led his own project called Hermeneutics of Walking, based at the University of Turku (Finland, 2021-23), funded by the Kone Foundation. As part of this latter project, he conceived, produced, and curated the workshop and exhibition Walking Abstractions (Sep.-Oct. 2023, Galleria Kopio | University of Lapland, Finland), in collaboration with the Finnish visual artist Kalle Lampela. In addition, he has worked as artistic and documentary photographer and writer in different independent and collaborative art projects under the artistic name Luca Idrobo.


Curriculum Vitae


Postdoctoral Researcher

Leader, Project: Hermeneutics of Walking -Walking as Motif, Practice and Reception Strategy in Contemporary Arts, with special consideration of Finnish Art

Department of Art History, University of Turku


Postdoctoral Researcher

Group Project: Liikkuvuuden rajat – konkreettinen ja kuviteltu liikkuvuus pitkällä 1800-luvulla /

Mobility limits: concrete and imagined mobility in the long-nineteenth century

 Department of History, University of Jyväskylä


PhD in Art History
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
Dissertation: 'Das, was von uns weggeht. Abwesenheit, Zeit und das Wandermotiv in der deutschen Kunst des 19. Jahrhunderts' (magna cum laude)

English title: 'He who leaves us. Absence, Time, and the motif of the Wanderer in the German Art of the 19th-Century' (magna cum laude)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Kilian Heck.


Research Stay
Nietzsche-Kolloquium, Prof. Dr. Werner Stegmaier
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
Project: 'Nietzsches Ökonomie und Dynamik der Tanzbewegung'

English title: 'Nietzsche's economics and dynamics of the dance movement'


Master of Arts in Philosophy
Universidad de los Andes ⍿ Bogotá, Colombia
Master Thesis: 'Introducción a la lectura heideggeriana de la phrónesis aristotélica'

English title: 'Introduction to the Heideggerian lecture on the Aristotelian Phrónesis {practical wisdom}'

Supervisor: Carlos B. Gutiérrez


Universidad del Valle ⍿ Cali, Colombia
Thesis: 'Problemas en la construcción narrativa de la identidad' (meritoria)

English Title: 'Problems in the narrative construction of identity' (distinguished)

Supervisor: Anthony Sampson


Classical Guitar and Singing

Instituto Valdiri and private lessons by Maestro Miguel Bonachea⍿ Cali, Colombia

Scholarships / Distinctions / Awards

Postdoctoral Grant. Kone Foundation, Finland (09.2021-12.2023)

Postdoctoral Grant. Wihuri Foundation, Finland (10.2020-08.2021)

Article Grant. Dagmar ja Börje Söderholmin rahasto / Suomen valokuvatiateen museo (05.2020)

PhD Stipend. DAAD, Germany (11.2016 – 04.2017)
PhD Stipend. Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Germany (10.2013 – 09.2016)
Stipend. Trebuth Stiftung (09.2010-09.2011)


Magna Cum Laude, PhD Dissertation, Caspar-David-Friedrich-Institut, Universität Greifswald

Distinction as Best Student in Psychology (2004), Universidad del Valle

Distinguished Diploma Thesis in Psychology (2004), Universidad del Valle

Exhibitions / Art Projects


Walking Abstractions (Drawings), main curator and organiser, in collaboration with visual artist Kalle Lampela. Galleria Kopio | University of Lapland, Finland, 25.9–12.10.2023.


Grafía de un camino de bosque (Graphy of a forest path). Artistic contribution for a special edition of the online magazine Interartive. Dec. 2018


Wiederholung' (Repetition) (Abstract, Street und Nature Photography), 07.2016 – 06.2017
Exhibition at the Café Marell in the Pommersches Landesmuseum, Greifswald


Adrift. Collaborative work with Composer Leonardo Idrobo, for his composition Adrift (2015). Live performance with experimental photography. Ensemble Proton Bern. Musikfestival Bern, 09.09.2015, Dampfzentrale, Bern, Schweiz.


Verschmelzung (Fine Art Photography), 18.09 – 06.10.2013. Exhibition at the Kulturbar –Café & Atelier–, Greifswald.


body-no-body (Photography: Objects, Figures), 24.10 – 04.11.2012. Exhibition at the Kulturbar –Café & Atelier–, Greifswald

Photography equipment: Fujifilm camera bodies and lenses.