Federico studied Audiovisual Communications and Visual Arts in Córdoba, Argentina. He has worked as a researcher and teacher at different institutions, including the University of Cologne, where he currently works on his PhD thesis on the topic of temporal structures in video games and time perception. He also works as a media artist and has exhibited his work in different galleries and museums in Argentina. At the Cologne Game Lab he assists with the management and development of study programs and student counseling.
The debate if video games can be understood as art is still ongoing. Federico Alvarez Igarzábal argues that this debate says a lot more about the art world and the understanding of art in general than about video games.