OUR DIRECTORS AND STAFF
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director
Francisco Jose Guevara is a Mexican visual artist and curator descended from Jewish families from Puebla and Zacatecas. He is especially known for creating edible sculptures, installations and performances exploring the symbolic meaning of food, the rituals of eating, and human beings’ ephemeral condition. Guevara’s work and projects emphasize the role of contemporary art in economic development and as a tool for social change. His experience covers international projects including intangible heritage, public art, exhibitions and visual arts education. As an artist, he has researched, studied and worked exploring the connection between food, rituals of eating and collective identity.
Guevara studied painting at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) and continued at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City. He began his curating/arts management career with a year of law studies at the Escuela Libre de Derecho (ELD) in Mexico City following with a semester of International Relations at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He received a University Expert title in Management and Planning of Development Cooperation Projects in the Fields of Education, Science and Culture at the Universidad Nacional de Estudios a Distancia (UNED) at Madrid, Spain, in coordination with the Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (OEI). He has promoted numerous international artistic exchange programs with Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Mexico, Paraguay, Spain, and the USA.
As an artist, he has had more than 20 solo shows and participated in multiple collective exhibits including the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City and the 10th Mexican Festival in Australia. His work can be found in important private and public collections such as Colección Jumex, Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño in Mexico City, Lila Downs Collection Mexico, Ministry of Culture of Bolivia, Salma Hayek Collection USA, and the Margrethe II Collection Denmark, among others.
In 2007 and 2008, the project Expandido VIII which Guevara curated with Mexican artist Raymundo Sesma was awarded the AIA New Mexico Honor Award and the AIA Albuquerque Honor Award. Guevara was selected by The Mexico Report as one of the 2012 “Real Heroes of Mexico” and honored in its annual commemorative book by Susie Albin-Najera.
Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director
Director of Music Programs
Christopher Davis has performed as the principal/solo clarinetist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Philharmonia, Utah Musical Theatre, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Nevada Opera Theatre, and the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Band (of the USA and Canada), among others.
As a teenager, Davis performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto as featured soloist in a nationally televised youth orchestra showcase concert for United States President George H.W. Bush. He has since played solo, chamber music and symphony concerts coast-to-coast in the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, and Mexico, having collaborated and performed with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, Rachel Barton, Zuill Bailey, Andre Watts, Leslie Howard, Frederick Fennell, Col. John Bourgeois, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Mandy Patinkin, Linda Eder, and Anne Murray. He has premiered the works of composers Eric Ewazen, Daron Hagen, Nolan Stolz, and Jiaming Chen.
Davis has performed on the soundtracks of 13 films. He is the past winner of numerous solo competitions and is a frequent guest soloist with orchestras and bands. He earned degrees in clarinet performance and psychology on full orchestral scholarships from the University of Utah and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas while serving as the principal/solo clarinetist of each institution’s premier concert ensembles. His main clarinet teachers were Kathy Pope (Salt Lake City), Raphael Sanders (New York), and Felix Viscuglia (Boston). Davis has performed for the master classes of Béla Kovács, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, David Shifrin, Jon Manasse, Christie Lundquist, Michèle Gingras, Mitchell Lurie, and Kalman Bloch.
Davis has been teaching clarinet since 1987 and had one of the most prominent clarinet studios in the western USA for two decades. His students have been first-prize winners and finalists at state-level, national, and international competitions. For seven years, he was the director of The Davis Honors Clarinet Sinfonia (the acclaimed performing ensemble of his top students in the USA) and is now director of its Mexican counterpart, La Camerata de Clarinetes Juvenil de México. Davis has been a popular adjudicator of solo and chamber music competitions in California, Nevada, and Utah since 1993. He was the clarinet teaching specialist/clinician for the Clark County School District for eight years, and for three years he served as the Nevada State Chair of the International Clarinet Association.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Davis enjoys traveling, living and working abroad, having made Kobe, Japan and Québec, Canada home at different points in his career. Having emigrated from the USA in 2009, he is now a permanent resident of Mexico.
Programs Coordinator Nayeli Hernández was born in Puebla, Mexico. She received a BA in International Relations from the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) with a major in International Policy and a minor in Latin American Studies. She graduated from Università per Stranieri di Siena in Italy with the Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language and has more than ten years of teaching experience. She joined the staff of Arquetopia in January 2010.
At Arquetopia, Hernández has developed her organizational and logistical skills with specialties in funding, resource research, and management. Her input with a wide perspective on international issues has broadened Arquetopia’s international involvement, partnerships and protocols. She currently oversees all of the Foundation’s programs and coordinates Arquetopia’s local art networks.
Site Manager, Arquetopia Oaxaca
Alejandra Díaz was born in Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) and has worked extensively with literacy programs in the sierras of both states of Puebla and Oaxaca. Presently, she is working toward her master’s degree in Cultural Studies at the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (UABJO). In her free time, Díaz enjoys photography, researching cultural rituals, and exploring the little towns of Oaxaca. She joined the staff of Arquetopia in January 2017.