Luis Pantigozo was born in 1958 in Arequipa, Peru. He studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Arequipa. Most of his subjects emanate from the farm of his brother, where Pantigozo was born. The focus of his work is the relation of the man of the Andes with the "MAMAPACHA" or land. There is a spiritual dimension to his depiction of the Andean man and his attempt to reconcile two seemingly opposing cultures (Western and Andean). Each painting is charged with passion, which stems from his inextricable bond to the Andean people. His work attempts to convey their feelings and to express the emotional intensity of their experience.
These are the people that despite being invaded, conquered, and ultimately submitting to the conquistadores – never lost their identity.
The newly imposed legal and religious structures did not extinguish the Andean instincts and sensibilities, or the connection to the MAMAPACHA. There is a deeply rooted, almost mystical connection to the land, which forms an integral part of the Andean soul.