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Luis Fabini is a self-taught photographer born in Uruguay in 1965 to a diplomatic family. He experienced various cultures from an early age as his family moved often from South America to Europe and the United States. In his early twenties he went to Cusco with a passion to explore his Peruvian roots. There he worked as a trekking guide and photographer for adventure travel companies and magazines, assignments that had him discovering South America in all its diversity, as well as his own identity. He continued to photograph for himself, a practice that led him to fashion, travel editorial and advertising, all invaluable opportunities that honed his eye and taught him the mechanics of photography.

On the morning of his birthday in 2003, with a camera, and a few rolls of film, he hitchhiked to northern Uruguay in search of what was left of the authentic gauchos. One day, on the border of Uruguay and Brazil, he was sharing mate with an old gaucho sitting under a tree by the side of the road. He asked him, “Who is the gaucho?” The old man took a long time to think and finally said, “The gaucho is the land he treads upon.” At that moment something clicked, and the notion that gaucho, horse and land are one, solidified as the basis of Fabini’s work.

His interest in cowboys grew beyond his native country and soon he immersed himself in a 10-year Project which developed into “Cowboys of the Americas,” a portrait of saddled soul brothers in their respective environments; an investigation of how “the land they tread upon” shapes each one of them.



Cowboys of the Americas




  • 2017 “Cowboys of the Americas” Whyte Museum, Banff, Canada
  • 2016 “Gauchos” Galeria Pueblo Garzon, Garzon, Uruguay
    “Gauchos” Casa de la Cultura , Punta del Este, Uruguay
  • 2015 “Gauchos” World Trade Center Gallery, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 2014 “Gauchos” Museo San Jose, San Jose de Mayo, Uruguay
  • 2013 “Gauchos” Fundacion Atchugarry, Punta del Este, Uruguay
  • 2012 “Gauchos” Museo Blanes, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 2008 “Gauchos & Chagras” MV Gallery, New York City, USA
  • 2007 “Gauchos & Chagras” MV Gallery, New York City, USA
  • 2007 “Gauchos & Chagras” The Nature Conservancy, East Hampton, NY, USA
  • 2004 “The life of a Zen Master” Yashima Community Center, Akita, Japan
  • 2003 “The life of a Zen Master” Natural Science Museum, Porto Alegre, Brazil

    Published Books

  • 2012 “Gauchos” self-published, Uruguay and Brazil
  • 2016 “Cowboys of the Americas” Greystone Books, Canada, United States and Germany