Population: 8.8 million
Three artists with a Mexico City connection: Painter Diego Rivera, painter Frida Kahlo, filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón
What artists should know: Mexico City is undergoing a cultural revival, with flourishing arts, design and architecture scenes.
Galleries and art spaces are sprouting throughout the city. A local independent art scene, accepting of foreign artists, has thrived here since the 1990s, and it led to the creation of an independent art school (SOMA), and co-working and networking spaces for artists. Mexico City offers numerous artist-in-residence programs as well, ranging from visual arts to research.
Mexico City is home to museums celebrating the talents of its best-known art couple, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, not to mention the Casa Azul house-turned-museum where the couple lived and worked.
Mexico City's also home to the Palacio de Bellas Artes (performing arts), two contemporary art museums, the Modern Art Museum, and a number of smaller museums and art galleries.
The city hosts the annual Material Art Fair, showcasing contemporary works, and Zona Maco, the biggest art fair in Latin America.
Mexico City has a long literary tradition, having produced writers Carlos Fuentes and Octavio Paz. The prestigious San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival takes place nearby.
While traffic snarls and pollution are issues here, you can live comfortably in Mexico City for about $1,000 a month, including health insurance.