La Ceiba Gráfica

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La Ceiba Gráfica invites people from all over the world to come and experience an environment where art, natural beauty and traditional manual techniques come together.

Residents stay in one of our nine double or twin rooms that date from 1910, which are large and bright, with simple and attractive furniture and decor. Most have direct access to the large terrace with views over the green valley below and, on clear days, to the Pico de Orizaba, a dormant volcano that is the highest peak in the country.

A large, fully-equipped colonial-style kitchen is available for residents to cook in. Good restaurants are also available in nearby Coatepec.

Residents may propose their own working program up to 1 month through our different forms of residencies. We offer educational (permanent course included) and production residencies, all including accommodation and 24-hour workshop use.

Our courses specialize in traditional printmaking techniques such as lithography over Mexican marble, metal etching and Moku Hanga (Japanese woodblock print) and are offered monthly each year. We also have a bookbinding course focused on traditional techniques using tools made by hand in our carpentry workshop, and handmade paper courses.

For residents wishing to stay more than one month there is another possibility called Long Term Residency, which can be reserved up to 6 months. It consist in a independent apartment equipped with own bathroom offered for artist and students wishing to develop their own project involving printmaking or other artistic disciplines.

Our working facilities include an experimental lithography workshop equipped with 2 small presses available for beginners and initiates as well as for some artists wishing to print and develop their techniques using our own marble slabs and drawing materials made locally: lithography crayons, pencils and tusche.

A large professional lithography printing workshop in charge of our Master Printer with a range of 2 presses: an offset press ideal for color lithography and a large wooden press for stones up to 125×93 cm for artists and residents wishing to produce editions on larger formats.

A separate, fully-equipped workshop is available for all traditional metal printmaking techniques as well as for linocut and woodcut.

Adjoining this, there is a unique Moku-Hanga workshop for research and teaching in this traditional Japanese woodblock printing technique.

La Ceiba Gráfica also offers large studio spaces for painting.

Residents are also welcome to pursue their own work in other areas, for example photography or creative writing. There are weekly life drawing classes and tai-chi classes once a week on the terrace.

To consult our course calendar and price for residencies please visit or write to

We look forward for welcoming you to La Ceiba Gráfica.

Residency Programme since: 2005
Description of Organisation:

Set in a lovingly-restored hacienda dating back to the 16th century La Ceiba Gráfica is an Art Center that specializes in teaching, producing and researching traditional graphic arts.

The center is specialized in stone lithography using Mexican marble, Japanese wood-block printing and metal etching. Many artists in Mexico have produced graphic work at our center.

There are also workshops dedicated to linoleum, woodcut, paper-making, letterpress and carpentry. The grand and tranquil spaces of the hacienda together with its terraces and gardens are uniquely conducive to creative work.

Organisation founded in: 2005
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 6
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: between 5 and 10
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
Shared Room
Shared Apartment
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Printmaking
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Library/research resources
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Technical assistance
  • Other
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): Depends on the type of residency and its duration.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Production costs
    • Food
    • Supplies
    • Other
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: N/A
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Aeropuerto Internacional General Heriberto Jara, also called Aeropuerto Internacional de Veracruz
    How to reach by plane: There are direct international flights to Veracruz airport from Houston, USA, or connecting flights from Mexico City are available for all international destinations. A coach service taking 1.5 hours runs from Veracruz airport to Xalapa. Alternatively if flying into Mexico City there are regular coaches from the TAPO station to Xalapa, taking 4.5 hours. From Xalapa it is easy to make local bus or taxi connections to La Ceiba Gráfica.
    How to reach by car: If arriving by car from Mexico City, take the highway to Puebla. Five minutes after passing Puebla take the exit to the right called “Xalapa-Perote cuota” (don’t miss this junction). Once on this road you can’t go wrong. After passing three toll booths the highway ends with an obligatory turn off that takes you to Xalapa. From Xalapa take the highway to Coatepec. Arriving in Coatepec, there is a traffic circle. Take the first left and follow this road for 1 km., passing the Coca Cola factory on the left. Take the next left downhill on a cobbled road, cross the bridge, continue for two blocks and you will see La Ceiba Gráfica in front of you.
    Street & Number: Hidalgo no. 1, Ex Hacienda de La Orduña
    Postal Code: 91603
    City: Coatepec
    Country long: Mexico
    Hidalgo no. 1, Ex Hacienda de La Orduña
    Coatepec 91603 Ver. MEX
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