Samanta Tello

Samanta Tello was born in Barcelona, Spain, and studied Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid. Nearly 18 years ago, she settled in San Francisco. With the birth of her now seven and ten-year-old daughters, and the current political climate, her artistic focus and inspiration became geared to bringing attention to women’s and girls’ issues. Her art media includes pyrography, wood stains, metallic foils and acrylics on wood panels. Tello’s work has been selected for exhibitions at Dennis Rae Gallery, City Art Gallery, Arc Gallery, and other San Francisco, Vermont, and New York galleries. Her work has been featured by the SFMOMA Tumblr, Basma Magazine Germany, Bay Area – Art Today, and other publications. Her piece Silenced Voices of Everyday Sheroes has won the So To Speak Feminist Journal of Language and Art award and has recently been displayed at the 2018 United State of Women Conference. Samanta Tello has been awarded a commission to painting a heart sculpture for the SF General Foundation’s 2019 Hearts in San Francisco project.

Find out more about Samanta’s work at:



For far too long, women have been silenced by patriarchal societies in most, if not all, cultures. In communities worldwide there has been a persistent push to control women’s voices.


Feeling inspired by MAI? Dedicated to intersectional gender politics in visual culture? Want to keep your feminist imagination on fire? MAI newsletter will help refresh your zeal for feminism with first-hand news on our new content. 

Subscribe below to stay up-to-date.

* We'll never share your email address with any third parties.


The team of MAI supporters and contributors is always expanding. We’re honoured to have a specialist collective of editors, whose enthusiasm & talent gave birth to MAI.

However, to turn our MAI dream into reality, we also relied on assistance from high-quality experts in web design, development and photography. Here we’d like to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to the feminist cause. Our feminist ‘thank you’ goes to:

Dots+Circles – a digital agency determined to make a difference, who’ve designed and built our MAI website. Their continuous support became a digital catalyst to our idealistic project.
Guy Martin – an award-winning and widely published British photographer who’s kindly agreed to share his images with our readers

Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
Matt Gillespie – a gifted professional British photographer who with no hesitation gave us permission to use some of his work
Julia Carbonell – an emerging Spanish photographer whose sharp outlook at contemporary women grasped our feminist attention
Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
And other photographers whose images have been reproduced here: Cezanne Ali, Les Anderson, Mike Wilson, Annie Spratt, Cristian Newman, Peter Hershey