Residency for International Artists
Artist in residency, Altos de Chavón 2015

Residency for International Artists

The Davidoff Art Initiative welcomes five international artists to take up residency at Davidoff International Art Residency in collaboration with Altos de Chavón, the country’s leading institution for art and design education, every year from January to April.


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This is a major and defining step for the Davidoff Art Initiative, rounding out the global initiative into a fully two-way cultural exchange. Nominated by a global network of art professionals and selected by the Davidoff International Advisory Council, the five artists in the inaugural group represent a diverse range of artistic practices and backgrounds. They are deeply interested in engaging with the social and cultural fabric of the Dominican Republic.


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In 2014, Davidoff Art Initiative announced a collaboration with Altos de Chavón, the country’s leading institution for art and design education.


The residency opened with five custom-built artist studios designed by Adolfo Despradel, Director of Planning and Design, Costasur Dominicana S.A. (formerly an architectural designer at David Chipperfield Architects, London) at the prestigious Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

The School relegates three months of the year to Davidoff’s international residency program, devoting the majority of the year to its two active academic campuses of classrooms, library, computer lab, student hall, as well as two ongoing student residencies. The School’s own residency program began over 30 years ago and has featured more than 200 renowned artists and creative minds, including Nancy Graves, Julia Álvarez, Philip Pearlstein, and Emma Luna.

Five selected emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world attend Altos de Chavón for a period of ten weeks. As well, one of the positions may be filled by an international curator or art writer researching Caribbean art. During the residency, the invited residents will have an opportunity to engage with the Dominican cultural community, as well as with students and residents in Altos de Chavón and neighboring areas.

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The application process is on nomination only.

The nominators are: Simon Castets,  director of the Swiss Institute, New York; Aaron Cézar, founding director of Delfina Foundation in London; Amanda Coulson, co-founder/executive director of VOLTA and director of the National Gallery of The Bahamas; Mareike Dittmer, co-publisher of Frieze d/e Magazine and publishing consultant of Frieze Magazine; Pablo Helguera, director of adult and academic programs in the Department of Education at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Irene Hofmann, the Phillips Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe; and, Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.

The Davidoff Art Initiative offers thanks to the nominators for their professional expertise and support. Together our aim is to build an international network of artists and arts professionals committed to cultural immersion and creative exchange. For any questions, please contact us here.

Artists in 2017:

Nastasia Meyret (b.1991, Lausanne/ Lausanne, Switzerland), Claire Trotignon (b.1983, Paris/ Paris, France), Yan Xing (b.1986, Chongqing/ Los Angeles, USA )

Curator in 2017:

María Inés Rodríguez (b. 1968, Colombia/Bordeaux)

Writer in 2017:

Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva (b. 1976, Dominican Republic/Hong Kong)

Artists in 2016:

Paolo Chiasera (b.1978, Italy/Berlin, Germany), Louis Henderson (b.1986, UK/Paris, France), Jimmy Robert (b.1975, Guadalupe/Bucharest, Romania), Oscar Santillan (b.1980, Ecuador/Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Curator in 2016:

Natasha Ginwala (b.1985, Berlin/India)

Artists in 2015:

Alia Farid (b. 1985, Kuwait/Puerto Rico), Nuria Montiel (b. 1982, Mexico City, Mexico), Cathleen Mooses (b, 1982, Chicago, IL), Mathilde Rosier (b. 1973, Paris, France), Soledad Salamé (b. 1954, Santiago, Chile)