The Sociedad Mexicana de Autores de las Artes Plásticas, is a non-profit group in accordance with the Federal Law on Copyright. It is registered with the National Institute of Copyrights (INDAUTOR) a decentralized part of the SEP, as a Society of Collective Management of Public Interest.
SOMAAP is affiliated to the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), headquartered in Paris, France, an NGO nonprofit organization that brings together all branches of intellectual creation.
The SOMAAP has existed and survived for more than 30 years, convinced that the visual arts are the most important cultural and artistic heritage of a country. Not only because it reflects their reality, their political and social status and their character, but because the whole world knows and captures the richness of a country through their artwork.
Mexico is well known and admired in the world through the exposure of its visual arts, which have captured the image of their culture in the past and present.
Visual art in Mexico has resisted all the onslaughts of a culture that is surrounded with much outside influence. From the Colonial times to the electronic present, the Mexican visual arts have managed to conserve many traditions and historic moments helping to maintain the countries true culture.
This era in which the world has been reduced to a global village, is exactly the time that requires greater international importance of visual artwork, not only for its artistic value but for the universal knowledge in its expressions. Globalization has presented the challenge of protecting our visual artists, not only in Mexico but in the entire world.
At the current time, any collective or society must promote the exposure and the work of its members but we should never forget that the creator deserves and needs equitable remuneration, effective control and monitoring true of his work.
To achieve this, the Board of Directors of SOMAAP has implemented a series of actions and negotiations, both in Mexico and abroad to monitor and distribute visual artwork by acting as coordinators and guarding the rights of its members and associates.