Yornel Martinez
Atlas [detail], 2014
Tessa Mars
We are here II Dieunie taking root [detail], 2016.
Jorge Gonzalez
Plano Reflectivo [detail]
Patricia Castillo
The Meeting [detail], 2016.


The Caribbean is a vibrant and diverse region of cultures and backgrounds that go far beyond the cliches associated with the place. 

So too are the artists that take part in the residencies. 

They represent the multifaceted and eclectic mix of the Caribbean region, showcasing just a small glimpse of an underrepresented region of art production. 

The residency in the Dominican Republic was created to strengthen the connection of the global art world to the Caribbean region.

Artists chosen to participate in all residencies highlight the effort and commitment to build bridges to facilitate cultural exchange and development of ideas between the Caribbean region and the rest of the art world.



Yornel Martinez

Yornel J. Martínez Elías (Manzanillo, Cuba 1981) Yornel Martinez has developed his work within the post-conceptual practice through technical formalizations and diverse materials. He studied at the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba, where he lives and works. He subverts the function of discursive elements –books, fonts, texts, archives– in order to alter their meaning. Creating a connection between words and image plays a leading role in his practice.  He has participated in the 6th Salon of Contemporary Cuban Art and in the XII Biennial of Havana as well as in the Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, Japan.  Selected recent solo and group exhibitions include: 2016 “Mi mano derecha no sabe lo que escribe mi mano izquierda”, Biblioteca Nacional José Martí. La Habana, Cuba; “Transhumance, Beyond Cuban Horizons”, CAB Art Center. Bruselas, Belgium; “Intersecciones”, The Hoffman Gallery. Portland, USA; “Nano, (Remake)”, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales CDAV. La Habana, Cuba; “Puente abierto”, Galería Evolución. Lima, Perú; “Line up”, Galería La Acacia. La Habana, Cuba; “Poesía para ver. Expo de poesía visual cubana”, Casa de la Poesía. La Habana, Cuba; 2015 Intervención en la librería, Librería Fayad Jamís. XII Bienal de La Habana. La Habana, Cuba; 2014: “El arte es nuestra última esperanza”, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona (USA). Yornel Martinez Davidoff Art Initiative artist in residence at Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in collaboration with Atelier Mondial. October - December 2017

Tessa Mars

Tessa Mars (b. 1985, Port-au-Prince, Haiti) Tessa Mars is a Haitian visual artist living and working in Port-au-Prince.

Rodell Warner

Photo Credit: Gerard Gaskin Rodell Warner (b. 1986, Trinidad and Tobago) is a photographer, multi media artist and graphic designer whose works assume various forms in a process of exploration and rediscovery.  He harnesses facets of new media, digital media and photography, creating unique patterns and projections that have become key characteristics in some aspects of his artistic production. Through his digital creations, Warner participates within a global framework of discourse about the nature of digital possibilities and brings unseen aspects of nature into view.  How we see, think, and interact are brought into question as Warner seeks to reveal what is already there. His work has been exhibited in South Africa, U.S.A. U.K., Trinidad, Barbados, Canada, Jamaica and Aruba. Rodell Warner is the artist commissioned for the Limited Art Edition 2017.

Jorge Gonzalez

Jorge González (b. 1981, San Juan, Puerto Rico) conceptual artist who researches landscape, its ecology and material output, and through the lens of modern architecture manifests a sculptural practice with deep socio-economic context.

Jesús ‘Bubu’ Negrón

Jesús Cruz Negrón (b. 1975, Puerto Rico) Jesús Cruz Negrón, fondly known as Bubu, re-contextualizes the everyday with minimal intervention and relational approximation, revealing historic, social, and economic vitality.

Patricia Castillo

Patricia Castillo (b. 1972, Dominican Republic) is an interdisciplinary artist who seeks to activate and energize space through geometric, often utilitarian forms comprised of found materials. She studied Fine Arts and Illustration at the School of Design de Chavón, Dominican Republic, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions across the Caribbean and the United States. Patricia continued to expand her artistic development attending the Fine Arts School Frederic Chopin, Bogotá, Colombia and completing studies in Graphic Design at the University Action Pro Education & Culture (UNAPEC), Santo Domingo. Her most recent solo exhibitions, Where am I going? and Health, were presented at the Cultural Center of Spain and the 6th Caribbean Biennial, both in Santo Domingo. Patricia Castillo is Davidoff Art Initiative artist in residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Germany . April - June 2017

Claire Trotignon

Claire Trotignon (b. 1983, Paris, France) questions classical tropes and notions of reality by deconstructing architectonic space. She received a degree in visual arts with special mention from the École supérieure des beaux-arts de Tours (FR) in 2006 and a postgraduate diploma with special mention in 2008. Her work has been presented recently at Untitled Art Fair Miami in 2015 ; at the Centre Pompidou Metz in 2013, Kit Peak & Turn off the light please ; and her last composition The reprieve of the pleiades has been acquired by the Public National Library of New York in 2016. Her most recent show was a new specific installation entitled The adjustable ruins and the nappers, at the CAC Le SHED in Rouen, France.

Nastasia Meyrat

Nastasia Meyrat (b. 1991, Switzerland) manifests an interdisciplinary approach to engage dialogue around cultural interconnectivity, social identity, and utopian possibilities. She received a BFA with honours from HEAD Geneva University of Art and Design, in 2013 and a Masters in 2015. Meyrat was a resident at the 4th Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince (Haiti), where she developed a cultural exchange project alongside her anthropologist sister. She was selected for the New HEADS – BNP Paribas Foundation Art Awards prize in 2015, concurrent with the group exhibition GET OUT, curated by Latifa Echakhch. Recent exhibitions include Contributing to the shrinking in the dwelling, Zabriskie Point, Geneva in 2015; and Always Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide, Urgent Paradise (Lausanne) in 2016. Nastasia Meyrat will be an artist in residence in Altos de Chavón 2017 as part of Davidoff’s international residency.

Yan Xing

Yan Xing (b. 1986, Chongqing, China) is known for his multi-component, interdisciplinary projects that combine diverse media such as performance, video, photography and installation.

María Inés Rodríguez

María Inés Rodríguez is a curator (b. Colombia, 1968).  She is the Director of the CAPC - Museum of contemporary art in Bordeaux, since February of 2014.  Before she lead the artistic program of the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City.  As MUAC’s Chief Curator, she was in charge of the development of the public programs, collections and exhibitions.  Prior to her appointment in Mexico she was Chief Curator at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon (MUSAC) in Spain, one of the leading collecting institutions in Spain.  There she developed a program dealing with the links between artistic production and historic, political and social contexts, favoring a dialogue on the local and global. Parallel to her curatorial work, Rodríguez has organized public lectures and exhibitions around the topics of printed matter and architecture. Born in Colombia, she studied Fine Arts at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá and continued her post-graduate education at the École Supérieure d’Art Visuel in Geneva. Exhibition projects include Bocas de Ceniza / Juan Manuel Echavarría, Cuando el río Suena / Ma. Angélica Medina, Alliance Francaise, Bogotá; MDE 07 biennial (with José Roca, Ana Cohen, Jaime Cerón, Oscar Muñoz) Medellín; ARCO project rooms 08, 09 and 2010; 100% Colombie Urbaine, Paris; Moderno Salvaje – Alexander Apóstol at the Commercial Gallery, San Juan; De lo Mismo a lo de Siempre: Informal Strategies for the Appropriation of Public Space at UNIA Sevilla; Instant City, Instituto de México, Paris to highlight her early works and collaborations. María Inés Rodríguez will be the curator in residence in Altos de Chavón 2017 as part of Davidoff’s international residency.

Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva

Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva is a cultural explorer, journalist, art critic, and entrepreneur. She co-founded Pipeline contemporary art magazine in Hong Kong in 2011 and was its Editor-in-Chief until its closure in May 2016. Cristina was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1976 where she lived briefly before moving to Moscow, then Paris. She received a DESS degree (equivalent to master’s degree in English-speaking systems) in International Relations/Political Prospective from Paris V University (while also spending time in New York and London). After working as a strategy consultant for a communication agency in Paris, she moved to Asia as a Tour Leader with the Australian small adventure tour company, Intrepid, where she led cultural tours in China (from the Silk Road to Sichuan to Tibet), Mongolia, Russia, but also Vietnam, Cambodia, and Central Asia. She moved to Beijing in 2005 and volunteered at the second edition of the Dashanzi International Art Festival (DIAF) in 798 art district as artist liaison and the occasional light engineer. Her experience as an art exhibition organiser also includes producing and creating a participatory public art installation Sense Your Way (as an artist) in Chaoyang district Beijing and working in a gallery in Hong Kong in 2008 and 2009. As a writer, she has visited and written about multiple exhibitions in Asia (from all the regional fairs and biennales in Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, and Jakarta) and in Europe (Basel, Barcelona, Prague, Berlin, Kassel, Venice, London, Paris, and Lisbon). Her area of specialty is contemporary art with an edge for the under-covered, emerging practices, and photography. She currently writes for Artforum, Frieze, Hyperallergic, and Ocula, among others titles. Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva will be the writer in residence in Altos de Chavón 2017 as part of Davidoff’s international residency.


Michael Linares

Michael Linares lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He holds a BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas de San Juan Sculpture, and is pursuing his MA in archeology at the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y El Caribe.

Leasho Johnson

Leasho Johnson was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1984. Since graduating with a BFA in Visual Communication at The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, in 2009, Johnson has participated in several local and international exhibitions.

Natalia Ortega Gamez

Natalia Ortega Gamez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1980. She studied Interior Design at Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, D.R., and Product Design with a major in Furniture Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Fermín Ceballos

Fermín Ceballos (b. 1978, Dominican Republic) is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in painting, performance, and sculpture. He studied at the National School of Fine Art in Santo Domingo, where he did his post-graduate studies in drawing, and later studied ceramics in Talleres Igneri. 

David Gumbs

David Gumbs (b. 1977, St. Martin) challenges the “Perceptions Offscreen” — the unseen, the cycle of life, the nature within, and digital rhizome macroscopic universes — across a dynamic multimedia oeuvre, including painting, photography and experimental video. 

Natasha Ginwala

Biography Natasha Ginwala is an independent curator, researcher, and writer. She is curatorial advisor for documenta 14 as well as curator of CONTOUR Biennale 8 (2017). Recent projects include My East is Your West featuring Shilpa Gupta and Rashid Rana at the 56th Venice Biennale; Mind Moves Matter at L’appartment 22, Rabat; Corruption…Everybody Knows with e-flux journal, SUPERCOMMUNITY issue. She was a member of the artistic team for the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (with Juan A. Gaitán) and curated The Museum of Rhythm at Taipei Biennial 2012 (with Anselm Franke). From 2013–15 she led the multi-part curatorial project Landings presented at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, David Roberts Art Foundation, NGBK (as part of the Tagore, Pedagogy, and Contemporary Visual Cultures Network), the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and other partner organizations (with Vivian Ziherl). Ginwala trained in Visual Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU in New Delhi and participated in the de Appel Curatorial Programme, Amsterdam. She has written on contemporary art and culture in journals such as The Exhibitionist, e-flux journal, Ibraaz, Afterall and has contributed to numerous publications. Natasha Ginwala was the curator in residence for the 2016 international artist residency in Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic.  

Paolo Chiasera

Artist, writer and curator Paolo Chiasera’s multi-disciplinary work, which spans painting, video, performance and installation, is primarily informed by the artist’s inquiry into historical images, myths and rituals. Chiasera’s work takes history as a starting point for a process of creative deconstruction and reconstruction, sourcing material from film, literature and philosophy as a way to reconstitute narratives and engage collective memories from the viewer.

Oscar Santillan

Artist Oscar Santillan’s sculptures and installations speak of a space in which fact and fiction are exchangeable, unexpected events occur and the corporeal and physical merge with the temporal and psychological. Santillan holds a Master in Fine Arts in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and is based in The Netherlands and Ecuador. He has attended residencies at the Delfina Foundation, Jan van Eyck, Fondazione Ratti, Skowhegan, and Seven Below. His works have been exhibited at Carrillo Gil Museum of Art, Nest, STUK, Fundacion ODEON, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Poli/graphic Triennial, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Copperfield, Marilia Razuk Gallery, and Oud-Rekem Castle, among others.

Louis Henderson

Louis Henderson is a filmmaker whose works investigate the connections between colonialism, technology, capitalism, and history. A graduate of London College of Communication and Le Fresnoy – studio national des arts contemporains, Henderson is currently completing a post-diplôme within an experimental art and research group at the European School of Visual Arts. His research seeks to formulate an archaeological method within film practice, reflecting on new materialities of the Internet and the possibility for techno-animistic resistance to neocolonialism. He has shown his work at places such as: Rotterdam International Film Festival, CPH:DOX, New York Film Festival, Transmediale, the Kiev Biennial 2015, the Centre Pompidou, FRAC Midi-Pyrénées, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, and Whitechapel Gallery. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Video Artist at the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA; and a European Short Film Award – T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland. His work is distributed by Lux (UK) and Video Data Bank (USA).

Jimmy Robert

Artist Jimmy Robert is a graduate of Goldsmiths College in London. His videos, installations, and ephemeral collages draw on the theatrical language of choreography and contemporary dance, informed by thematic undercurrents of Conceptualism, Feminism and Post-Minimalist sculpture. Beginning with the white page as a state of absolute potential, Robert moves toward the acts of touching and representing while acknowledging their elusive natures.

Olivia McGilchrist

Olivia McGilchrist  (b. 1981, Kingston) is a French-Jamaican visual artist exploring translocation and issues of Caribbean cultural identity by proxy of her alter-ego ‘whitey’s’ placement in the Jamaican landscape. Questioning the shifting categories in which she belongs, from the female body in a postmodern space to a visibly white postcolonial creole identity, whitey questions the role of racial, social and gender based categorization, classification and discrimination in the contemporary Caribbean space.


Guillermo Rodríguez

Guillermo Rodríguez (b. 1986, Puerto Rico) is a conceptual artist who studied fine arts and sculpture at the University of Puerto Rico. He completed a Bachelor of Art (Honors) in Art Practice at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Masters of Art in Curating Visual Arts at the Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires. Rodriguez lives and works between Buenos Aires and San Juan.

Hulda Guzmán

Hulda Guzmán’s (b. 1984, Dominican Republic) energetic paintings approach portraiture and interior scenes with an experimental eye for technique and depiction. She studied visual arts and illustration at Altos de Chavón School of Design in the Dominican Republic, and she has a degree in visual arts from the National School of Visual Arts, Mexico, with a speciality in photography and mural painting.

Raquel Paiewonsky

Raquel Paiewonsky (b. 1969, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) works across a range of media, including painting, sculpture, installation and photography. She has been presented at 15 solo exhibitions in the Dominican Republic and the United States, as well as group shows in the US, France, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Ecuador, among others.

Engel Leonardo

Engel Leonardo (b. 1977, Baní, Dominican Republic) is a graduate of the Faculty of Arts of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo with complementary studies in the Altos de Chavón School of Design (affiliated to the Parsons School of Design in NY). Working across sculpture, installation and site-specific interventions, Engel Leonardo addresses issues related to climate, nature, traditional crafts, architecture and popular culture of the Caribbean. Of particular interest in his work is the production of objects, and their embedded psychological and sociological functions. Engel Leonardo works from constant processes of research and observation of their environment.

Soledad Salamé

Soledad Salamé (b. 1954, Santiago, Chile) is an interdisciplinary artist who works with printmaking, installations, painting, and sculpture. Through her work, Soledad explores the intersections between technology and the environment. Soledad holds a Bachelors of Arts from Santiago College, Santiago, Chile.

Nuria Montiel

Nuria Montiel (b. 1982, Mexico City, Mexico) is interested in public art as it allows a space for dialogue and collective expression. Her work has been shown in various group exhibitions including Panamericana at Kurimazutto Gallery in Mexico City, Antena at Baffler Art Museum in Houston and The New York Art Book Fair 2012, Mx Editions at MoMA PS1 in New York City, among others. She is also a member of La Galería de Comercio, a non-profit arts organization that creates public art projects in Mexico City.

Mathilde Rosier

Mathilde Rosier (b. 1973, Paris, France) works across a range of media including painting, music, performance and film. Rosier holds a Bachelor of Economic Sciences at Dauphine University, Paris. In 1994, she received a Master degree in Economic Sciences. From 1997 to 1999 Rosier studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris and in 2000, she received a diploma from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts.

Alva Mooses

Alva Mooses (b. 1982, Chicago, IL.) is interested in the regulation of landscapes, people and objects within specific geographic contexts. From 2004-2009 Mooses co-founded various community art initiatives in Latin America. These projects created a platform for over forty New York City-based artists to make their work and teach art in low-income communities.

Alia Farid

Alia Farid (b. 1985, Kuwait/Puerto Rico) is a contemporary artist who works at the intersection of art and education through the activation of spaces for critical thinking and action. Alia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, USA; a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Visual Arts Program at MIT, Cambridge, MA; and a Masters in Museum Studies and Critical Theory from the Programa d’Estudis Independents at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.


Polibio Díaz

Polibio Díaz, (b. 1952, in Barahona, Dominican Republic) studied photography at the University of Texas A & M, USA, where he graduated in Civil Engineering. Since 2003 he has dedicated himself to photography and performance.

Pascal Meccariello

Pascal Meccariello (b. 1968, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a multidisciplinary artist working in installation, drawing, ceramic, video art, photography and performance. He attended the Red Gate Gallery Residency from May – June 2014.

Jorge Pineda

Jorge Pineda, (b.1961, Barahona, Dominican Republic), is a visual artist and stage director. His work has been exhibited internationally including solo shows at Hunter College in New York, in September 2012 and the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain, in February 2013. He exhibited at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia, and the XXIII Bienal de Artes Visuales de Santo Domingo, where he won first prize for installation.

Quisqueya Henriquez

Quisqueya Henriquez (b. 1966, Havana, Cuba) works across collage, print, video, installation, and sound and provokes conventions of race, ethnicity, and gender encountered in Caribbean and Latin cultures and practiced universally. Her work focuses on stereotypes originating in corporeal notions of beauty and athleticism, perpetuated by contemporary ideals of cognitive ability, economic achievement, political power, and art history.


Mónica Ferreras de la Maza

Mónica Ferreras de la Maza (b. 1965, Dominican Republic) has worked for 20 years as a visual artist across a range of media including painting, drawing, installation and video art. Her work focuses on the contemporary urban culture of the Dominican Republic and the youth of marginalized neighborhoods in Santo Domingo. Manifested in her art is the artist’s exploration of the psychological and sociological perspectives on the state of her surroundings, raising questions about social class, the influence of tradition and consumerism on local and, ultimately, universal levels. Mónica Ferreras de la Maza has presented solo exhibitions in galleries and cultural centers in the Dominican Republic and in the United States. Group shows across the United States, Europe, Latin and South America include: Inside and Out: Recent Trends in the Arts of the Dominican Republic, BID Cultural Center, Washington, DC, USA; Entre-Veus, Foundation Clement, Martinica; Latitudes – Exposition D’ Art Contemporain, Centro ITAU Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brasil; Island Nation, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI, USA; VideoAkt, GlogauAIR Art Center, Berlin, Germany; Cambridge Multicultural Center, Cambridge, MA, USA; ETTER COLUMBUS.COM, Arte Contemporáneo de Haití y Rep. Com; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Politica de la diferencia: Arte Ibero-Americano de fin de Siglo, Centro de convenciones Pernabumco, Recife, Brasil; and Museo de arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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