About us

Matriz is a group of women artists created in Paris, France in 2000. Matriz as a symbol of female creative power. Matriz was founded by Eco Pola (Ana Paula Portilla), with Ola Abdallah, Sophie Portes, Luiza Avellar, and other artists with the support of professors at the Université de Paris 8 in 2000. The association continued after, and other artists joined such as Sun Mi Kim. Together we made many exhibitions in Europe and in America as Matriz and/or supporting personally each other greatly, this is what Matriz is about.

Matriz today aims to be a platform for artists, cultural, technical, and aesthetic exchanges, cooperation, and promotion of women artists. Our group supports the art of selected and recommended artists by its members. We are strong female artists, this is our specificity.  It is a membership-based so we can truly help each other grow. 

We have been working in our studios and regathering to increase the visibility of women artists. Matriz Woman Artists is reloading in this global confinement 2020. Here we come again sisters!

We are here to

Show  Online or in physical Art Spaces
Exchange Create, talk, travel, reach & coincide with other artists
Support We are stronger together!
Share Artists, collectors, curators & curious minds are all welcome 

Our activities

Matriz Portal website to keep visibility (all year long- coming soo for memebers)

VYWA Show  Very Young Woman Artists show (talented girls 10 – 17 years old)  (February, applications in January) 

Mira Cuántas Somos (look how many we are) exhibition, the 8th of March. (Applications February)

We are Matriz immersive online exhibition (Mai-July, applications in April)

Matriz Woman Art Symposium, every 2 years (next 2022) by invitation only

Annual Member’s Exhibition & Catalog (October applications in September 2021)  including the Matriz Art Award a $1000 USD prize to support one artist each year. 

With you dialogue show where female member artist recommend  male artists to expose with (December applications in November 2020)

Collaborations with artists, curators, institutions, associations, art galleries and Art Centers Worldwide

no borders and no limits

We are all connected, we create and we can push the borders. Although women artists have been involved in the making of art throughout history, their work, when compared to that of their male counterparts, has been often darkened, overlooked, and undervalued. We can change this together.
#artistsSisterhood #matrizwomanartists

We deserve it!

A little from you means the world to us

Matriz Woman Artists needs your help to grow and improve. Please help us continue supporting women artists in their artistic journey through our different activities. We wish to be able to establish ourselves strongly, and become an association that can make a real difference. As artists, working hard, sometimes it’s not enough to make a living & support our families. We will appreciate it very much if you could make us a little gift (we are not able yet to receive “donations” so you can have some tax advantages) All free cooperation is welcome. THANK YOU!

If you wish to participate in any of our activities, please write to us to :

[email protected]



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