Now in its twelfth year, Arquetopia Foundation is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our customized, professional International Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Latin America, with an array of content anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists.

We are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico and Peru’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation of the 3,000-year heritage of visual culture of these two countries. Since its founding, Arquetopia has raised the bar in the residency field, becoming an international reference to all residency programs in Latin America, by influencing most of them in approaching art making with more rigorous practices, critical perspectives, and high standards.
We approach art making by placing art practices at the center of critical discussions to reveal the complex relationship between “the ways of seeing,” power, and the production of art and/or the writing of art history. Our methodology is unique for approaching international encounters by understanding performativity while applying Levinasian ethics to the artistic process to respect the integrity of differences and question the desire for totalization.

Artists-in-Residence Madeline Fischer (USA), Caroline Ongpin (Philippines/USA), and Stefanie Smith (Canada)
Arquetopia was officially established and registered as a Mexican nonprofit foundation in 2009, with a solid International Board of Directors comprised of renowned scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and supportive community members committed to social transformation. We are proud to have established through our multiple residency programs a generous and culturally diverse space by hosting every year artists, scholars, and researchers from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Our experience has been enriched by the multiplicity of perspectives of more than 600 of our resident artists and writers who have come from all regions of the world and more than 90 countries.

Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial mentoring and academic content customized to each resident. Our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, academics, and researchers and include comprehensive, mentored and informative programs; a network of premier collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.

Artists-in-Residence and Special Guest Scholars in technique workshops, program seminars and museum visits

Founded by Mexican visual artist and curator Francisco Guevara and north American classical musician Christopher Davis, our small nonprofit arts foundation was born in the vibrant, majestic city of Puebla, Mexico in 2009. Having initially functioned as an educational art center for inner-city youth, Arquetopia soon expanded its focus to offer international artist residency programs in under a year and then opened its second professional residency space in the historic city of Oaxaca, Mexico in 2011. Arquetopia has since grown to offer the premier artist residency programs of Mexico and Latin America, with extensive collaborative networks in central and southern Mexico and Peru, with Arquetopia’s third professional residency space having launched in spectacular Cusco, Peru in early 2018. In 2020, Arquetopia is set to open its fourth professional residency space and art history research center in stunning Naples, Italy. We are very honored that many of our Artists-in-Residence have returned for residencies at Arquetopia multiple times.

Arquetopia Foundation is an entirely independent, self-sustaining, officially registered Mexican and Peruvian nonprofit organization of artist-run professional spaces that receive zero external funding. Arquetopia is strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, war industrial or weapon-building entities.

In the News

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Updated February 2021

The End of the Grand Tour?
Virtual Symposium on Artist Residencies: Future, Place and State
June 3 to July 27, 2020
Click here to view the videos and presentations from all sessions

Hello World
is an international project to which artists throughout the

world have submitted art works to share with all of us. We hope you enjoy
this gesture of goodwill and solidarity from our colleagues around the globe,
starting with this link to Arquetopia’s video.

Francisco Guevara, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Arquetopia,
was recently interviewed on the Latinos Who Lunch podcast.
Listen to the full interview here.

Our Arquetopia Virtual Residency 2020 series discussions
are now available to view on YouTube.

We are excited to announce the

Meet Our Residents