Programs & Facilities
Our new affiliate partner
Over the years, Stewart Gallery has collaborated with MACA in providing artists with a personalized experience to nurture the artists' creative process.
By harnessing the collective power of our complimentary diverse strengths and experiences with MACA, we provide collectors and artists alike with an innovative program designed to offer a deeper appreciation of the creative process and its sources of inspiration.
Artists and collectors alike receive opportunities to participate in, and experience, the spectacular MACA property and have exclusive access to private programs produced between Stewart Gallery and Monte Azul.
To inaugurate this collaboration we are pleased to announce Emanation, a joint partnership featuring the works of Henry Jackson.
24 Hour Studio Facilities
The new Monte Azul Studios, opening December 2023, offer artists 24-hour access to quality facilities that are equipped with a 1978 Griffen large formate press for a number of printmaking techniques, kiln for ceramics and glass, and facilities to explore screen printing, digital arts & photography, theater and movement, writing, painting, and sculpture.
Reconnect and trust the process. Monte Azul Center for the Arts is a customizable experience, giving you permission to play and find inspiration – in the environment as well as within – to rediscover what’s most important to you.
Monte Azul Center for the Arts caters to artists in a number of disciplines. We offer an inclusive residency program, where diversity is a creative advantage.
Support as a Patron Visitor
Monte Azul rotates curated exhibitions at the gallery space located in the Atrium Gallery, as well as in the Visitor Suites, and throughout the grounds.
Works from the collection are inspired by the artists' experiences at the Monte Azul property and produced on-site. The works are available for acquisition, which also helps to underwrite the Fellowship Programs.
Guest Master Printmaker
Salomón Isaac Chaves Badilla
Salomón Cháves at Arenal Studio, San José, Costa Rica. Photograph ©Salomón Cháves.
Professor of Print Design and Basic Design. Department of Fine Arts, University of Costa Rica
Researcher II Art Research Institute
Master Printer, Conservator, and Principal. Arenal Studio, San José, Costa Rica
Guest Master Printer, Monte Azul Center for the Arts, Costa Rica
PhD Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. Spain.
Certified Conservator, School of Art and Antiques, Madrid. Spain.
BA Educational Sciences with an Emphasis in Teaching, State Distance University, San José, Costa Rica.
BA Fine Arts Engraving. University of Costa Rica, San José.
TECHNICAL & ARTISTIC VISION
I see engraving techniques as a series of very dynamic and sensorial resources to transmit artistic ideas. Stain, texture, and line are historical constants in human expressiveness and all of them are present in contemporary engraving. At a conceptual level, my work seeks poetic and dreamlike interpretations of nature and human relationships. –Salomón Chaves
On a technical level, Chaves´ research is currently focused on searching for and experimenting with less toxic processes, including the following:
Woodcut: manual printing in halftones with tropical woods, and alternative registers.
Collagraphy: mixed plates, monotypes, tropical textures.
Coriumengraving: an innovative technique employing animal leather to generate plates without chemical mordants and printed on the press.
Chaves is an expert on contemporary and historical printing techniques, having through the Univerity of Costa Rica developed and patented with research performed in Spain and Morocco, using leather as an engraving surface called corium engraving.
For artists exploring printing techniques, he is available as a Master Printer in any number of techniques and actively recommends collagraph and woodblock for residencies. The immediacy of results with collagraph allows artists to use natural materials found in the rainforest at Monte Azul. While onsite, Chaves also recommends woodblock due to the opportunity of working on readily available local tropical hardwoods, such as pochote, coffee wood, and guava, among others, that offer a superior working surface and durability.