During the day, the Toulousain Magot is a cook at the Elysée. At night (or rather part of his nights), he is an artist. In his studio, installed under the roofs, in Paris, he makes sketches on canvas. Mbappé, Cavani, Morandini, Valentino… are already fans.
When he is not working in the kitchens of the Elysée, the Toulousain Magot spends most of his time creating, in his studio located in the 16th century, near the Parc des Princes, in Paris. “I spend half my nights painting. Under the roofs, in winter; on the roofs, in summer”, he announces. It is there, in this glazed cocoon that he creates very colorful “sketches on canvas”, unique in their kind.
Self-taught, Magot started “from a blank canvas, without a frame, to get out of the frame and into the picture”. The artist says he paints as he dreams, avoiding imaginary forms in acrylic “not reduced to keep all the shine and texture”. Magot also leaves a white stripe “above and below, a bit like in the cinema. It brings depth to the canvas,” he says.
Exhibited just before the covid crisis in the gallery, “L’atelier Saint-Honoré”, rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré”, the Toulousain now ensures his self-promotion mainly on Instagram (magot_art). Its buyers include such prestigious names as footballers Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani, fashion designer Valentino, radio host Jean-Marc Morandini, and TV columnist Jordan de Luxe. “Word of mouth and social networks work very well,” says the 27-year-old artist.
Sold between 200 € (“for the prints made with the street artist Mesnager”) and 2500 €, his paintings made just to put butter in the spinach of Magot. “It barely covers the costs of my artistic projects,” he confirms.
a childhood in Bonnefoy
For now, the Toulousain manages to reconcile, with the same appetite, his job as a cook and his passion for art. What do the two have in common? “It’s creativity. In the kitchen, there are many hours of work for one that disappears in a few minutes, while a painting remains”, he admits.
Freshly graduated from the Hotel School of Toulouse, Magot decided to move to the capital in 2014 to work in catering. After a year in pastry, he joined the kitchens of the Elysée, his dearest wish since leaving the Pink City.
Magot grew up in the Faubourg Bonnefoy in Toulouse. A city that he particularly likes and where he returns at the first opportunity “to see family and friends again”.
Grandson of an Airbus industrial designer, as far back as he can remember, Magot has always held a pencil. “I remember that at 5 years old, my grandfather Pierre corrected the perspectives on my childhood drawings”, he says.
Before accessing this current recognition, Magot suffered many refusals. “I sent my drawings to the press, without success. So one day, I decided to paint and I was taken on board,” he says. Today painting is for Magot “as much a passion as a therapy. I need it “. For the Toulousain, confinement has even been very beneficial. “It allowed me to create a lot more,” he slips.
In addition to painting, Magot writes. “I’m on my fifth novel,” he says, without any of them having been selected by a publishing house. As soon as he arrives in Paris, he makes the literary café “Les Deux Magots”, located in the heart of the Saint-Germain district, son QG. And even his pseudonym.
“One day, I had created a character called Magot. Little by little, I saw that it was me. I needed this artist name to create a new identity for myself”, explains the artist. It’s chosen done! His but today: “Let my paintings be seen by as many people as possible”, finished the Toulousain.