MACA Inaugural Fellowship Competition 2024

Three selected artists will be granted Full Fellowship Awards by a jury comprised of Karina Salguero Moya, Federico Herrero, and Carlos Rojas Jara

An inspiring residency experience · Monte Azul

Located in the foothills of Mt. Chirripó in Costa Rica, the country’s highest peak, Monte Azul Center for the Arts is a residency program located on a private 100 acre (40 hectares) rainforest reserve, with more than a 1/4 mile (1,200 mts) of riverfront along the Río Chirripó Pacífico.

This artists residency program began in 2008 with an innovative focus on art, while offering a personal touch to nurture the artist’s creative process.

The program is for artists of many disciplines who want to be immersed in a world free of distractions – and feel embraced and secure to create what they came to accomplish.

The Chirripó Valley
Costa Rica

Monte Azul evokes a spirit of place, where you can live in the moment Monte Azul Center for the Arts is located near the entrance to Chirripó National Park in the highlands of Costa Rica.

Nestled in primary rainforest along the majestic Chirripó Pacifico River the air and water are pure, the climate perpetually spring-like, and tranquility envelops you.

About Us

Our sense of gratitude for the planet and all it provides us extends to everyone who joins us here.

At Monte Azul we work together to provide artists and visitors alike, with an inspirational experience along the Chirripó Pacífico River in the mountains of Costa Rica.

Whether providing the materials required by artists or selecting the best locally-raised organic produce, our clients are treated as important guests, and ultimately as our friends.

The Founders

Carlos Founder

Carlos Rojas Jara

Carlos brings his passion for art to life as co-founder of Monte Azul Center for the Arts. A curator and former San Francisco and New York gallery owner, Carlos now devotes his counsel and experience to encourage artists to succeed in the creative process. He understands how difficult making work is – as well as the pressures that come from living the life of an artist. As one former resident shared, “Carlos gets it.” Carlos feels happiest when he is building and nurturing the core of what is central to an artist, and helping artists to realize their dreams.


Randy Founder

Randall Langendorfer

Before co-founding Monte Azul Center for the Arts, Randall left professional careers as a botanist and international marketer, including the dream job of Director of Product Development for Star Wars toys worldwide. You can depend on Randall for his generosity of spirit and for telling it like it is. In his element equally in a lab or studio, he inspires creativity through tactile arts such as ecological soap-making, textile arts and more. A true renaissance man, Randall is the Master Cheesemaker at Monte Azul Artisanal Cheese Company.

Latest blog post

R from New York City

“Truly remarkable” Monte Azul is a truly remarkable place. We drove from San Jose and I admit that the latter part of the trip gave me a bit of concern as to what we might find at the end of the day. I needn’t have worried. I have traveled extensively for business and...

P from New York City

“Best Vacation Experience Ever!” Monte Azul is too spectacular not to rave about. I am actually in the Hospitality Industry myself, and currently work at a five star hotel in Manhattan. I have stayed at many luxury hotels around the world, and this is by the far the...

J from London, England

“Exquisite isolation with birds and flowers” I knew Monte Azul would be exceptional because of the well-traveled friends who told us to stay on our trip. It far exceeded our expectations in every way. The Chirripo River with its silvery clear waters beckoned...