Best Artists' Residencies in Latin America

Visual artists, musicians, writers, dancers, composers, and others in the creative fields need time and space to be creative. With that in mind, an artist residency is ideal because it provides well-equipped studio space to enable artists to create new work. Many of these artist residencies are equipped with ceramics workshops, woodshops, photography and printmaking studios, as well as painting studios. This concept of providing time and quality space for artists is a proven success, the artist residency program has spread throughout the world.

The Globalization of Today's Art World

Some artist residencies are located in exotic locales such as Antarctica or the Amazon rainforest. Others are located in busy cities like Beijing and Paris. Despite their disparate locales, what they have in common is their provision of designated live/work space for artists to focus on their work. These programs can last for as little as one week or extend for as long as one year.

Today's artist residencies reflect today's 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 including ones in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Suriname.

Arquetopia Artist in Residence, Puebla, Mexico

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

ARTCEB, 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 Casa Tres Patios is to promote contemporary art and to 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 accepts four artists per session and the studios include a ceramics workshop, a plaster room for sculpture, and various tools for welding, woodworking, and metal working. According to their website: The goal of the foundation is to provide a workshop-studio in which students and established artists can engage in professional dialogue and work harmoniously in an ambiance of total freedom and mutual respect. The program bills itself as a place for self-development and says its top priority is to encourage artistic research and experimentation in new projects.

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. They offer two-month residency programs, during which time Sacatar Fellows are encouraged to utilize their creative practice by engaging with the local Bahian communities in Salvador and Itaparica. The goal of the residency is for artists to interact with locals in a rich intercultural collaborative exchange. Ultimately, the program wants ​collaborative efforts to be shared globally by way of public programs implemented on a local level.  

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

Odysseys Costa Rica was established in 2007 and is located in San José, Costa Rica. Resident artists live with a host family during their stay in Costa Rica. The residency is offered to those working in the visual arts as well as writers, composers, and videographers. The residency encourages cross-cultural exchange and organizes cultural and sight-seeing excursions for the resident artists.

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 between resident artists and those in the community.