Alberto Guzmán was born September 4, 1927 in Talara, Peru. After finishing his studies at the National School of Fine Arts of Lima, Guzmán exhibited his first abstract iron sculpture in his native city in 1953. Following were his first solo shows in Lima in 1959, then Paris, Caracas, and Valencia in 1965.

In 1970, Guzmán began working in marble, and the following year won the Bourdelle prize. In 1973 he participated in an exhibition organized by the poet Jean-Pierre Lemesle, entitled Sculptures en montagne, at Plateau d’assy, where sculptors and painters were invited to set and create their works along alpine trails. Guzmán, who in this period most often used iron to craft his sculptures, chose istead to stretch colored thread across a small valley, thus achieving the shape of an arch in the sky.

In 1986 he exhibited his works at the Havana Biennial. Active not only in the field of sculpture, Guzmán also dedicated his time to creating jewellery, furniture, and theatrical set designs. Alberto Guzmán died on November 2, 2017.