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ArtprizeCDMX is an annual international artprize for artists who live and work in Mexico City. The initiative aims to discover, support, and connect talents, amateur or professional, regardless of age, sex, gender, orientation, or notoriety.

Those shortlisted for the artprize will participate in a group exhibition that will unite some of the most rigorous and exciting practices in the city. Three finalists will receive financial assistance in the form of monetary grants of at least $20,000 MXN. One of those three will also be awarded a residency at Lagos in Colonia Anahuac, and another will be asked to join the jury for next year’s prize. 

ArtprizeCDMX is aimed at artists with practices in one of more of the following media: drawing, digital art, installation, mixed-media, painting, performance, photography, printing, sculpture, sound-art, video, decorative art, or other exhibition-based techniques.

The jury is made up of a diverse group of panelists who maintain professional, cultural, and emotional significance to the city. ArtprizeCDMX is an artist-lead initiative formed in 2018 with the goal of supporting artistic excellence in Mexico City.

ArtprizeCDMX will open applications to artists based in CDMX on March 23, 2019 is accepting support for prizes and operation costs.

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Ana Castella

is head of exhibition development at Museo Tamayo. She was the director of Jose Garcia gallery, after having worked at Sprüth Magers London, as well as Kurimanzutto in Mexico City.

Alberto Bustamante

is a co-founder of the DJ collective NAAFI, and co-founder of Traición, a Mexico City event which focuses on queer performers and musicians. He DJs under the name Mexican Jihad.

Brett W. Schultz

is the co-founder and creative director of Material Art Fair.

Daniela Elbahara

is the founder and director of Daniela Elbahara Gallery. She was a founder of Material Art Fair, and was formerly co-director of the gallery Yautepec.

Guillermo "Willi" González Ceballos

is a member of the experimental architecture studio APRDELESP, who are responsible for a number of projects which intersect with art and artists in the city.

Mercedes Gómez

is the director of Future Gallery Mexico, and is the exhibition manager for Museo Tamayo.

Wendy Cabrera Rubio

is a Mexico City artist who forms part of the collective responsible for Ladrón Galería. She received a degree in visual art from La Esmeralda in 2017, and currently studies at the SOMA program.


To be eligible for the artprize you must live and work in Mexico City, and have done so for at least 2 years. 

Your application must be in PDF format [Maximum 15MB] and contain the following:

  1. Documentation of 3 artworks that best represent your practice [Maximum 10 images in total]. In case of video, please include a URL for Youtube or Vimeo. In case of audio, please include a URL for Soundcloud. You may also include a brief caption for each artwork as necessary.
  2. Tabulated CV including any experience relevant to your practice, such as education, exhibitions, performances, press, etc.
  3. Brief text explaining why you should be selected for the prize [Maximum 300 words].

Your application PDF and a photo of an official ID (voting credential, driver’s license, or passport) must sent via WeTransfer to: aplicar@artprizecdmx.org

Please include your full name in the transfer message.

If your PDF should exceed the maximum 15MB, you could try compressing the file using an free online service such as PDF Compressor.


Applications for the 2019 artprize will be accepted until 15 October, 2019 at 23:59.

Any applications received after that date and time will not be considered.

A shortlist of applicants will be announced mid-January, 2020, followed by a group exhibition of those artists at Daniela Elbahara Gallery.

Finalists will be announced February 2020 during artweek.


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