Guatemalan painter Antonia Matos received an Honorable Mention at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics in the Art Competitions in the category Paintings for her work Course of Pirogues. She was a little-known artist with only two solo exhibitions at the beginning of the 1930s in Paris and Guatemala City.
As a student, Matos often sat as a model for nude paintings, which caused a scandal. After her return from Paris, she also painted nudes, which caused her to be ostracized by society and the art scene. Matos become a symbol for women painters in Guatemala, as despite the big obstacles she faced there in the 1930s, she dared to paint freely, and was far ahead of her time.