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 colours, harsh shadows, and the smell of iodine.
Through her art and illustrations, she addresses our inner depths and shares emotions through texture and colour. She draws her inspiration from the exploration of nature and human nature, dreams, symbols and archetypes inspired by Greek mythology, cinema, fairy tales and everyday life.
Her pop-coloured palette and surrealist-tinged works highlight a sublimated aesthetic of our reality and question our approach to it, inviting us to take a dreamlike look at life that re-enchants the world.
Her technique is both manual and digital. She works for the press, magazines, publishing and advertising.
She also worked with the French cartoonist Plantu for 11 years at the newspaper Le Monde and has archived his collection of more than 25,000 original drawings, which are now kept at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (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

Beaux-Arts : L’Objet, Espace Culturel Gabriel, Viry-Chatillon (FR)
• 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)