Leo Matiz

1917 · Colombia

Artist biography

Leo Matiz is seen as an established artist, who originates from Colombia, like other prominent artists such as Juan Duque, Ana Gonzalez, Doris Salcedo, Johanna Calle, and Arturo Diaz. Leo Matiz was born in 1917.


Leo Matiz is represented by two galleries. These are Freijo Gallery in Madrid, Spain and WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC in New York, the United States.

Further Biographical Context for Leo Matiz

Born in 1917, Leo Matiz was predominantly influenced by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the clashing of a number of political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government required urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret plan to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty priceless paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Leo Matiz