Arquetopia Oaxaca Residency Space – Oaxaca, Mexico

The colonial city of Oaxaca is reachable via three international airports: Oaxaca (OAX), Puebla (PBC), and Mexico City (MEX). Nestled in a valley in the Sierra Madre mountain range of southern Mexico, Oaxaca is located 450 km (280 mi) southeast of Mexico City. With a population of 265,000, Oaxaca boasts magnificent colonial architecture, the most outstanding example being Santo Domingo church and its former convent, now home to an impressive anthropology museum. The city and its surrounding areas also feature a high concentration of native Zapotec and Mixtec cultures and archaeological sites. Oaxaca was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 for its central historic district and the archaeological site of Monte Alban. Getting around Oaxaca is easy and enjoyable; museums, studios, libraries and landmarks are all in walking distance. At an elevation of 1,555 m (5,100 ft), Oaxaca features a subtropical climate, resulting in mild-to-warm temperatures year-round.

Rich in history and culture, Oaxaca is a fascinating destination where you can appreciate ancient civilizations, colonial art and architecture, and vibrant cultural traditions. Oaxaca is one of the safest Mexican destinations you could choose.

Typical sights, archaeological and cultural marvels for which Oaxaca is known
Our residencies are mentored, professional programs with academic content customized to each artist-in-residence. Our programs include weekly meetings with our directorial and curatorial staff for personalized research assistance and resources, project guidance, and critique; 24-hour studio access with personal workspace and some tools; wireless Internet; furnished, private bedroom and use of indoor and outdoor common/shared spaces; 24-hour access to the kitchen for residents to prepare their own meals; shared, serviced (single) bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers; utilities and housekeeping. For the instructional residencies we offer, the instruction our residents receive from the Mexican master artists we contract is funded directly from the residency tuition, and materials and supplies for these instructional courses are included. For our mentored, non-instructional residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally.

Local Transportation:

Arquetopia provides carefully detailed trip preparation materials, arrival transportation instructions, and orientation materials to all incoming residents. Arquetopia Oaxaca staff provides downtown Oaxaca pickup and dropoff transportation on the scheduled start and end date of the residency. Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca once per week by van.

Artist-in-Residence Rosa Tolnov Clausen (Denmark) with Master Instructor


In contributing to more focused environmental consciousness and renewing our commitment to sustainability and nature, we are excited to present Arquetopia Oaxaca. This second residency space honors Oaxaca’s traditions by incorporating into our residency a deeper comprehension of how art and the surrounding ecosystem coexist harmonically. Arquetopia’s residency spaces continue to be open for dialogue, exchanges, and encounters while emphasizing our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, reusing materials, and recycling waste.

Our spacious Mexican-style villa hosts up to four artists at a time, with mountain and city views from the artist rooms.

In this countryside space, the intersection of art and nature set the tone for reflection, research and production. We welcome artists who are interested in developing projects with non-toxic techniques and seeking a deeper connection with the community, nature, and the environment. Artists are also encouraged to participate in diverse activities such as field trips and hiking.

Our residents enjoy a safe and peaceful environment surrounded by the mountains of San Pablo, a nature reserve of 7,500 acres with rich biodiversity. The residency center is located in the countryside village of San Pablo Etla, only 30 minutes away from the center of the city of Oaxaca on the south side; and to the north, it is only 20 minutes away from the Centro de las Artes San Agustín, an early 20th-century textile mill transformed into an spectacular arts center. Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia also provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca once per week by van.


OaxExt3The backdrop of Arquetopia Oaxaca: the San Pablo Mountains
Residency facilities and grounds, exterior views
Arquetopia Oaxaca Exterior 1
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Residency traditional-style studio
Arquetopia Oaxaca Studio 1A
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Residency living spaces
Arquetopia Oaxaca Interior 1
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Arquetopia Oaxaca Bedroom 1A
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Arquetopia Oaxaca Bedroom 5A

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