Santiago Gamboa was born in Bogotá in 1965 and currently lives in Rome. He started his literature studies at Javeriana University and completed them in France and Spain. He serves as a journalist for several daily newspapers, including the most influential one in Columbia, El Tiempo, and contributes columns regularly in the Cromos and Cambio magazines.
He is also chronicler for the Chilian daily newspaper El Mercurio and for the Mexican magazine Nexos, as well as a journalist for El Espectador in Columbia and Milenio in Mexico. As a diplomat, he was responsible for the cultural affairs portfolio in the Columbian delegation at the UNESCO in Paris. In addition, Gamboa was the cultural representative in charge of consular functions at the Columbian Embassy in India. He teaches literature and creative writing at the Puerto Rico University and in several countries.
He is the author of several novels including Perder es cuestión de método (1997), Vida feliz de un joven llamado Esteban 2000, El cerco de Bogotá (2004), El síndrome de Ulises (2005), Necrópolis (2009, published in En 2012). He currently lives in Rome.