I am so happy I participated in the Casa Lü Residency Program. Casa Lü is an exceptional artist residency, community, and live-work space. The studio space and the unique architecture of the house inspired me to elevate and develop my studio practice in new ways. Not to mention the garden view windows offer the most beautiful natural lighting. Lupe and Michelle are so supportive and helpful with navigating the city and locating material for projects. Plus they’re incredible artists too! I was very impressed with how integrated the residency program was with the larger artist community of Mexico City. My studio mates and I were able to make connections with local artists and curators throughout the duration of the residency. Beyond studio work, I was able to explore the culture and cuisine of CDMX, which only enriched my practice more. Casa Lü is a dream come true! I’m honored to be an alumnus of the program and I recommend artists of all backgrounds to apply.
Casa Lü is the first residency that I was accepted to. I was very cautious coming into the residency because I have heard of how formal and rigid other residencies can be. Nothing can be farther from the truth about Casa Lü. Lupe Quesada, aside from being hilarious, was very generous with her space and feedback. The way the residency is structured allows the residents to get a balanced amount of time for making, art discussion, meeting local artists, and immersing oneself in the city's dynamic culture.
I'm incredibly happy that Casa Lü was my first art residency experience, and even happier that I am part of a new community of artists.
I came to Casa Lü in search of a home away from home, where I could give more time to my art and interact with other artists. It gave me a lot more than I ever imagined and I am grateful to the Casa Lü team for creating a residency program that offers guidance, but also enables you to work at your own pace. I took back with me some beautiful memories and will always look back at this time with a smile.
My residency at Casa Lü was rich and rewarding. The challenge of creating an exhibition in six weeks combined with exploring one of the greatest cities in the world is something I’ll never forget. The program gave me the freedom to explore and create but also had a structure of gallery visits and gallery openings that immersed me in the CDMX art scene. About mid-way through the program there is open studio where I was able to present my work to curators and others. The feed-back and discussion at the open studio event provided a valuable learning opportunity. The residency experience truly enhanced my personal growth as an artist and the exposure to Mexican culture was wonderful. If you want to challenge your artistic self and grow as an artist I highly recommend Casa Lü.
Casa Lü is truly an exceptional residency program. As an artist I have long dreamt of visiting Mexico City for its astounding collection of museums, public art, and modern architectural treasures. It also has one of the most dynamic contemporary art scenes in the world right now, and Casa Lü was a unique residency experience for me because not only does it provide a beautiful home base and studio work environment, it really excels at introducing artists into that world. Through a rich schedule of gallery visits, openings, curatorial studio visit, and events at the onsite gallery, we were able to connect and build friendships with local artists, gallerists, and curators. My experience there was one of the best of my life. I made great work, great friends, and fell in love with Mexico City.
RODRIGO ANGEL JIMENEZ ORTEGA
My experience at Casa Lü was great. I felt very comfortable and the organizers are very approachable, friendly and helpful. The residency offered a great amount of freedom which allowed for a pace that was what I needed it to be, at any particular moment. My time spent there felt very productive and reinvigorating. It was nice to have other artist around, as it allowed for a feeling of comradery to develop and also it was always nice to see what others were working on.
Casa Lü offers a truly transformative creative experience. In my experience, the residency provided a supportive environment to advance my filmmaking while also engaging my other creative pursuits like dance and performance. Not only is the residence nestled in one of the richest cultural cities in the world, allowing its residents an opportunity to immerse (and/or retreat) from the vibrant city but the home itself is a beautiful, all-glass, airy building that serves as inspiration itself. During my time at Casa Lü, I felt an immense sense of community and creative freedom - encouraged by both Lupe and my fellow residents. As someone who rarely writes reviews, I'd highly recommend the residency to artists who are searching for an individualized, self-starting artistic getaway in one of the greatest cities in the world. I am forever grateful to Lupe and Casa Lü for a residency that changed the course of my artistic journey.
-Nick Borenstein, Filmmaker & Dancer
My experience at Casa Lü was truly enriching. The house is a wonderful space to work within. There is plenty of natural light through the beautiful windows that surround the house. I loved the community aspect of the program and getting to know the other residents living in the house. There was plenty to do and see in Mexico City and the residents were sent reminders of events. We visited various galleries, museums, and openings. Mexico City is full of resources for artists, and I was connected with a local fabrication company as an additional resource for making work. It was a pleasure spending time with Lupe as well. She is hardworking, and makes herself available for the artists when anything is needed or to discuss work.
Casa Lü is a wonderful residency opportunity for any artist at any stage of their career. It's a relaxing but productive, bright and sunny house nestled in the middle of Mexico City. Just a short walk away is the sunken park, with its sculptures and dog park (probably my favorite park in the world), as well as various amazing restaurants, a tortillería, the metro and bus. Working in an open studio space is a great opportunity to make new connections and friends, collaborate, and learn. There is a very vibrant art scene in Mexico City, with endless opportunities to view and experience art, and many must see museums. I wish I could have stayed there longer - everyone who was a part of this residency experience was wonderful, kind, hilarious, and talented.
I had a great experience at Casa Lü! The house (and garden!) is a great place to do work as well as rest, reflect, and relax. It also serves as a communal space where residents can share their ideas, opinions, and life stories. The house is located in a beautiful residential neighborhood of CDMX and is close to many transit lines as well as Parque Hundido, my favorite park in the entire city! Lupe and Majo, who run the program, serve as great resources for the residents as they are able to provide useful information regarding the neighborhood, art supplies stores, and upcoming exhibitions. Learning about and getting looped into the independent art scene in CDMX was very special. Overall, I had a delightful and productive residency at Casa Lü, met many talented artists, and got to live in one of the best cities in the world!
My time as an artist in residence at Casa Lü was productive yet relaxed and overall very enjoyable. I'm a realist painter so light is an essential component of my practice, and Lupe was very accommodating, allowing me to paint by the window where I had beautiful natural light and providing necessary equipment like an easel, table and chair. My room was comfortable and clean and I felt like I was living in a tiny boutique apartment. The communal kitchen and dining area is spacious and a great place to talk with the other artists over breakfast. I would highly recommend this artist residency.
Casa Lü has a special charm and vibe, it is a house that makes you feel relaxed even if you are in the middle of the city. The large space allows you to do or produce whatever you can think of.
The time I spent at the house was motivating and very productive. I was very happy to live with other residents and exchange ideas and opinions, also having the pleasure of meeting Lupe, who is an excellent hostess, organizer and a very nice person.