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Founded in 2009 in Puebla, Mexico, Arquetopia Foundation is an internationally established, nonprofit arts and cultural foundation based in Puebla and Oaxaca, Mexico and Cusco, Peru, with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Mexico and Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists throughout Mexico and Peru.

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 a international reference, including all residency programs in Mexico, by influencing most of them in approaching artmaking with more rigorous practices, critical perspectives, and high standards. 

We approach art making by placing art practices at the center of a 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.

Arquetopia was officially established and registered as a nonprofit foundation in 2009, with a solid Board of Directors comprised of renowned scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and community members fully 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 our residents coming from many regions around the world and approximately 60 countries.

Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. In contrast to various property rental schemes, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets elsewhere, our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.

Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs and activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.


Puebla: Mexico

Arquetopia’s three residency spaces and locations: ** ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA, MEXICO – Our spectacular artist compound in the majestic central historic district ** ARQUETOPIA OAXACA, MEXICO – Our alpine-style villa and studio in the countryside ** ARQUETOPIA CUSCO, PERU – Our villa and studio close to Machu Picchu, in the Sacred Valley of the Inc

Contact Information

Avenida 15 Poniente 715
Centro Histórico
Puebla, Puebla 72000
Tel: (+52) 222 594 77 28