Maite Leon
artist & illustrator
“I create illustrations in a search of depth, balance, aesthetic and expressing vibrant emotions through colors. I explore and get inspired by the various representations of our reality in art, films, myths, stories, dreams, visions and symbols. My goal is to make feel-good images that we can all relate to and enjoy.”
Maite Leon grew up in Athens, Greece, with bright colors, bold shadows, a smell of iode and turpentine: her father and grand-father were Marine painters. Greek mythology has always been a great source of inspiration for her as well as the works of Carl G. Jung on archetypes and the collective unconscious. Through her art and illustrations, she aims to reach our inner depth and share emotions through aesthetic, texture and color. She loves contemporary dance, food, animals and humans. She enjoys playing tennis and improvising. She likes the uncanny and the mysterious, tarot cards and oracles. She draws, paints, scans and mixes everything in Photoshop. She works for press, magazines, publishing and advertising.
She has also worked with French Press Cartoonist Plantu for 11 years at Newspaper le Monde and has archived his collection of more than 25,000 original cartoons, now stored at the French National Library (BnF).

Jean Plantu

«Maïté Léon and I have worked together for more than 11 years. Every day, I think of how lucky I have been to have had an assistant with such an energetic, smiling and kind professionalism. Maïté spent a considerable amount of time organizing my work and my archives: she scanned, filed, dated my 30,000 cartoons. She replied to our readers requesting drawings. Some were fans and some were fussy and Maité new how to gently address them with empathy. I retired from the Newspaper in March 31st, 2021 and not a day goes by without me thinking of the pleasure I had to work with Maité, someone I would define as a «beautiful soul» one doesn't get to meet often in life. Without Maité I wouldn't have managed to be who I am.»

Press Cartoonist at Newspaper Le Monde, France

Nicholas Stevenson

« Maite Leon has a really painterly quality to her work and
uses some very thoughtfully considered textures quite descriptively. »

Illustrator & University lecturer, UK

Jean Plantu

«Maïté Léon a travaillé avec moi pendant plus de 11 ans et, chaque jour, je repense à la chance que j’ai eue d’avoir une assistante dotée d’un professionnalisme énergique, souriant et bienveillant. Maïté a passé un temps considérable à mettre de l’ordre dans mon travail : ranger, dater, numéroter, classer mes 30 000 dessins ; répondre au courrier des lecteurs : il y avait bien sûr les fans qui demandaient des dessins ; mais il y avait également les sourcilleux qu’il fallait calmer et, dans ces cas là, Maïté faisait preuve d’une pédagogie douce et empathique. J’ai quitté le journal le 31 mars 2021 et je ne passe pas une journée sans penser au plaisir que j’ai eu de travailler avec Maïté que je définirais comme une « belle âme » qu’on n'a pas souvent l’occasion de croiser dans la vie. Sans Maïté, je n’aurais pas réussi à être ce que je suis.»

Dessinateur de presse, journal Le Monde

                                                       EXPOSITIONS

2022
• Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d’artistes de Ménilmontant, Paris (FR)
Visions of Forced Labour, Palais des Nations Unies Genève, Suisse (CH)
• Conservatoire Municipal Georges Bizet, Paris (FR)