Luis Carlos Tovar was born in Bogotá in 1979. He studied visual arts at the University of Los Andes, specialising in history and the theory of architecture and urban planning.
The photographer’s artistic explorations initially focused on questions of historical remembrance, through in situ installations, before gradually turning to a decentralised form of creation: an aesthetic act in motion, centred on the themes of land with both its perennial and short-lived borders. The work of Luis Carlos Tovar has been the subject of several exhibitions in Colombia, and in 2011 his series Chaise Rimax was displayed as part of the second edition of the Photoquai biennial photography festival. In 2015, Luis Carlos Tovar won the IILA Photography prize set up by the Italo-Latin American Institute. Through this, he was able to enjoy a residency in Rome and work on the initial part of his project Cartographies of Escape I, which was exhibited at the Museo Arte Contemporáneo di Roma in 2016. He is a nominee for the third edition of the Prix Élysée award and, in October 2018, began a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.