A Listing of Notable Artist Residencies in Latin America

Artist Colonies in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Suriname

Visual artists, musicians, writers, dancers, composers, and others in the creative fields need the time and space to be creative. With that in mind, the artist residency is the place which provides a limited amount of time and the equipped studio space for the artist in residence to create new works of art without having outside distractions. Many of these artist residencies are equipped with ceramics workshops, woodshops, photography and printmaking studios, and painting studios. Because this concept of providing time and quality space for artists has been proven a success, the artist residency has spread throughout the world.

Some artist residencies may be located in exotic locales such as Antarctica or the Amazon rainforest or may be located in busy urban art centers such as Beijing and Paris. Despite their disparate locales, what they do share in common, is that they provide live/work spaces for artists to focus on their work for a short period such as a few weeks to even a lengthier one year period.

Today's artist residencies tend to reflect the globalized art world, and many residencies focus on international cross-cultural artist exchange. The following is a listing of some artist residencies located in Latin America in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Suriname. Click on the individual profile for detailed information about the artist residency.

Arquetopia Artist in Residence, Puebla, Mexico

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Arquetopia Artist in Residence was established in 2009 and located in Puebla, Mexico, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Arquetopia's artists in residents are encouraged to learn about Puebla's diverse and unique culture and to actively engage the local community with their art projects as social transformation is one of the goals of the program. More

ARTCEB Artist in Residence, Suriname

ARTCEB was established in 2010 and has a unique location for an artist residency. The site is located in an "African diaspora village" at the Suriname River near the Amazon rainforest. Community-based art projects are strongly encouraged in this residency.

Casa Tres Patios, Medellín, Colombia

Casa Tres Patios was established in 2006 and is located in Medellín, Colombia. The residency is artist-run and accepts artists, curators, and researchers into its program. Additionally, the mission of this artist residency is to promote contemporary art and encourage cross-cultural exchange.

Fundacion Gruber Jez, Yucatan, Mexico

Fundacion Gruber Jez was established in 2001 and is located near Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The residency has 4 artists per session and the studios include a ceramics workshop, a plaster room for sculpture, and various tools for welding, woodworking, and metal working.

Instituto Sacatar, Itaparica Island, Brazil

Instituto Sacatar was established in 2001 and is located on Itaparica Island, across from the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The residency is for visual artists, dancers, theater artists, and writers.

Odysseys Costa Rica Artist-in-Residence, San José, Costa Rica

Odysseys Costa Rica was established in 2007 and is located in San José, Costa Rica. Resident artists live with a host family. The residency encourages cross-cultural exchange and organizes cultural and sight-seeing excursions for the resident artists.

ONDARTE - International Artist Residency, Yucatan, Mexico

ONDARTE - International Artist Residency was established by artist Alec Von Bargen. Like the Fundacion Gruber Jez (mentioned above), the residency is located in the Yucatan, a beautiful state in Mexico, on the Caribbean Sea, rich in Maya culture and history. More

Zona Imaginaria, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Zona Imaginaria was established in 2008 and is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Studios include printmaking and ceramics facilities. Like most artist residencies, Zone Imaginarium promotes cross-cultural exchange. Resident artists are also encouraged to intervene artistically with the site.

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