Born in Venezuela, Luis Cobelo studied philosophy at the University of Zulia. He was raised and became a photographer between Venezuela and Spain. Beginning in 1993, he participated in numerous international photography festivals and solo exhibitions.

Working independently across borders since 2001, Luis has developed documentary projects in the Americas, Asia and Europe, and has been published in many magazines and newspapers worldwide. His work is focused on South American culture, where he created his first photobook “Zurumbático”, to reveal the magical spirit of this part of the world.
The book ( shortlisted in PhotoEspaña, Arles and Burn among others ) has fascinated people around the globe, and the exhibition of this work has traveled across oceans ( between 2017 to the present ) to Italy, México, the United States, Spain, Costa Rica, Portugal, Venezuela and the Netherlands.
His second photo-book “Chas Chas” ( shortlisted in Arles and Lens ) is another collection of fantasies, mysteries and magical stories from Buenos Aires, Argentina ( the exhibition of this work has traveled Italy and Los Angeles between 2020 and 2021 )
He is currently working on a third ongoing project called “Te Amo” ( a collection of 10 publications ) that explores and question certain aspects, from a personal, provocative, sarcastic, serious and ironic perspective of Latin American machismo through the Mexican fotonovela.

He is based in San Francisco, California.