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Artist residency

We are an artist residency in Tepoztlán, we welcome artists and non-artists in all fields for experimentation and creative work. We encourage relationships with artists and organizations from Tepoztlán for the exchange of ideas, information, traditions, processes and experiences. In the creative area of Casa Chavela we seek to promote multifaceted and empirical meetings between creatives and local communities that contribute to the cultural development of the area.


Generating community is a fundamental part of our Casa, for the last three years we have worked in partnership with the community of Ocotitlán. The artists will be in contact with some of the surrounding communities during their stay, in order to expand and continue sharing art and culture in Tepoztlán.


How does our program work?


The residency for the artist is free for 10 - 15 days.


Accommodation includes a room, bathroom and private kitchenette.

The garden and common areas will be shared.
Casa Chavela has a covered area and a table to work on.
You will have to bring your own materials.

What we ask from you, as a guest resident of the program, is:

  • Development of a work, a piece that will be part of the next Casa Chavela art collection.

  • Contribution to the community may consist of giving a workshop/presentation according to the discipline, preparing a work intended for a space in the chosen surrounding community. (This step is carried out hand in hand with the Casa Chavela cultural area).

  • This contribution will remain as an inspiration to future residents and in the hearts of
    who were able to share the experience with the aim of encouraging art in Tepoztlán.

  • If you wish to extend your participation for more than two weeks, it possible. We will have to see the availability of the Casa. Any time longer than the proposed two weeks, there will be a weekly participation fee.

  • There is the option to exhibit the works at the end of the residency, either at Casa Chavela or in a community space.

Meet the residents

Silvana Estrada
& Jimena Estíbaliz

February 2024

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We had the honor of receiving them at Casa Chavela as part of our artist residency program; They inhabited in the house for a few days, walked its gardens, contemplated the Chalchi hill (the same hill which Chavela mentioned having conversations with).

Silvana told us that she felt calm and was able to write music. Jimena, on the other hand, took on the task of capturing her stay in the house on paper.

Silvana Estrada
(Xalapa, Veracruz)

She is a Mexican composer and singer-songwriter. Her parents are dedicated to music and lute-making. After living in Coatepec (Veracruz) and studying Jazz at the Universidad Veracruzana, she moved to New York to continue her musical career. In this city, after performing on different stages, she recorded an album with jazz musician Charlie Hunter. After a period in that city, she moved to Mexico City.

She currently has two albums "Lo Sagrado" and "Marchita". She was nominated for the 2024 Grammy Awards for Best Performance of a Song "Milagro y Desastre" by Música Global.


Jimena Estíbaliz

(CDMX 1990)

She was interested in art since she was a child. Over the years she has discovered a home and an infinite language in the universe of drawing.

Since 2017 she dedicates most of her time to being an Illustrator, sometimes an artist and art director. Her work is versatile and allows her to inhabit paper, books, magazines, records, posters, walls, shoes, bottles, clothes. Through metaphor she always seeks to maintain a connection with those who encounter her works.

Casa Hogar Eugenia

As part of the residency, Silvana and Jimena lovingly planned a singing and drawing workshop for the Casa Hogar Niñas Eugenia, they shared their super powers with each of the girls, filling the space with songs, music and colors in addition to inspiring them for their future.

Thank you so much for your contribution!

Gabriela Martínez Ortíz

July 2023


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Gabriela Martinez Ortiz de Ofelia y Antelmo, resident number 3 of Casa Chavela

Designer and textile artist, creator of Ofelia & Antelmo, a project that studies hand embroidery and its capabilities as a graphic protagonist in various formats. Mainly inspired by nature, its visual proposal is the result of the observation and exploration of organic forms through repeating patterns. She studied a degree in Textile and Fashion Design at the CENTRO de Diseño, Cine y Televisión University (2011-2015). Her work has been exhibited in galleries and art fairs in Mexico, Hong Kong, France, Chile, England and South Africa. She was a scholarship recipient within the FONCA Young Creators program (2018-2019). Since 2019, she has dedicated much of her time to giving online and in-person embroidery workshops in Mexico, the United States, the UK, Spain, France, Colombia and Chile.

Casa Eugenia

As part of her artistic residency, Gabriela from Ofelia & Antelmo gave the intuitive embroidery workshop to the girls of the Casa Hogar Eugenia in Tepoztlán. It was very enriching to explore this therapeutic and artistic activity with them; We truly enjoyed sharing this experience with them. Many of them turned out to be natural embroiderers and we are sure that it will be a great tool for their future.

Thank you Casa Eugenia for letting us enter your home and your hearts!

Vera Pedro

February 2023


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Vera Pedro is a multi-instrumental singer and composer originally from Mexico City. Since his appearance on the Mexican scene in 2019, Vera has pleased us with melodies that have the purpose of “reviving feelings lost in such a routine and insensitive time.” He is currently promoting his debut album “Volver A”, a work inspired by genres such as soul, folk and rock of the 60s with a clear message about the loss of essence and identity. The album was produced by Adán Jodorowsky and features guests such as Caloncho and Ulysse Cottin (Papooz).

La Canasta


In Vera Pedro's residence, the "La Canasta" Ecotourism Site was rehabilitated.

There is a beautiful fountain adorned with dozens of pre-Hispanic faces and figures from all the cultures of Mesoamerica.​ In this place the Atongo River flows and is surrounded by centuries-old trees that provide great freshness; Without a doubt it is a place that gives us peace and tranquility. The place is ideal for a picnic.​ It is located at the end of Zaragoza Street (to the East) behind the Municipal Cemetery, in the rainy season you can see the river, although it is not recommended to go in because the houses located along its banks pour their waste into it. With the concert, we sought to re-activate this space and promote awareness of keeping it clean, constantly carrying out cleaning campaigns with society groups and the City Council to paint, clean, place swings, activate the fountain and give life to the space.

On February 14, a Vera Pedro concert was held along with photos of Chavela Vargas that Tlani Ortega took years ago in this space.


September 2022


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Ferguz, first artistic resident of Casa Chavela

He studied a degree in Graphic Design and sculpture at the Hospicio Cabañas in Guadalajara. Currently living in CDMX, he approaches the subject of portraiture with great pleasure, the face and human figure capture his attention.

He was commissioned to paint a portrait for Former President Enrique Peña Nieto, Chavela Vargas also commissioned him to paint her, he took a painting as a gift to Pope Francis, these have been some of his works for recognized figures, including several from Mexican politics such as Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong and others. He was selected to exhibit his work “Virgen de Guadalupe” in Houston, Texas, as part of the Grupo Reforma Art Contest in 2012.


“La Milpa” Santo Domingo Courts


On the day of San Miguel Arcángel, September 29, we present the mural dedicated to the cornfield; an entire ecosystem that gives us identity, culture, sustenance and mysticism.

In the design of the mural, the artist integrated deeply rooted elements of the region, such as the deity Quetzalcóatl that originates in this area of Morelos, corn, a central element of food, rain, the pericón cross of pre-Hispanic origin that blends with deity and universal energy.

This mural was made in collaboration with Raquel and Carlos (Art Dealers), local muralists and through the sponsorship of Comex de México, Parcela, Margarita Concept and of course Casa Chavela.

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