Dr. Carlos Idrobo (*1979), also known as Luca Idrobo. Philosopher, Art Historian, Psychologist and Fine Art Photographer 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 at the Universidad del Valle (Colombia, 2014) with a final thesis on the narrative construction of identity, followed by a Master of Arts in Philosophy at the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia, 2008) with a master thesis on Heidegger’s interpretation of the Aristotelian Phrónesis. He successfully defended his PhD dissertation in Art History at the Universität Greifswald (Germany, 2017), which later came out as a book on Absence, Time, and the Figure of the Wanderer in nineteenth century German art (Dec. 2019). He has worked as psychologist, university lecturer, researcher, and in other academic duties. After a postdoctoral research project on Mobility Limits in the Nineteenth Century, based at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland, 2020-21), he started working on his own project on Hermeneutics of Walking, based at the University of Turku (Finland, 2021-23) and funded by the Kone Foundation. 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

Since 2021

Postdoctoral Researcher

Own 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

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 (09.2021-08.2023)

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


- '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

- 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.