(Spain b. 1962)
Gabriel Picart was born in
the beautiful Mediterranean city of Barcelona in1962, where he still lives and
works. As fate would have it for a soon-to-be artist, for over fifty years his
family lived in the concierge's pavilion at the right of the main entrance of
the world famous Park Güell. Created by the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí,
this park was the realization of his utopian vision. Gaudí designed the park at
the beginning of the last century as a new Arcadia, a Paradise on
earth.Appropriately, it would become that for Gabriel.
Gabriel spent his
childhood in the pavilion Gaudí had designed to emulate the witch's house in
Brothers Grimm's fairytale Hansel and Gretel. The entire park became
Gabriel's playground. It is no wonder that within an artistic milieu such as
this he would soon develop an interest in art.
Picart always had a pencil
in his hand; by the time he was a teenager, his parents had rented the other
pavilion on the opposite side of the main gate. This building, with its oddly
shaped tower bearing on its top a double cross (later to become one of
Barcelona's main cultural symbols) had been for many years Antoni Gaudí's
workshop. In the very same room that Gaudí executed his designs, Picart set up
his first studio. He says that he felt Gaudí's ghost hovering over his shoulder.
Gabriel soon became so addicted to painting that he gave up a promising career
Not long after he had made
the decision to become a professional artist, he had the good luck to meet the
illustrator Enric Torres, famed by his Warren Magazine covers. Enric
invited Gabriel to visit the studio he shared with Pepe Gonzalez, one of the
world's foremost comic artists, particularly known for his comic strips
of the super heroine Vampirella. Shortly
thereafter, the young Gabriel became the third member of the studio. With the
mentoring of these two great artists, Gabriel soon learned the secrets of
drawing the human figure, as well as techniques of mixing paints, preparing a
canvas, rendering, and the technical application of medium to surface. Picart's
career as an illustrator blossomed; he worked on commissions throughout Europe.
In 1985, Gabriel made his
first trip to New York City. He travelled with Enric Torres and another titan of
Spanish illustration, Manuel Perez Sanjulian. Picart quickly won
assignments from all the major publishing houses in America and Canada, such as
Reader’s Digest, Bantam Books, Dell Publishing, Harlequin, Pocket Books,
Scholastic, among others, doing book covers, promotional advertising, brochures
and interior illustrations, all in a representational mode with a fine art
treatment. He worked as well for advertising agencies, graphic design firms and
In 1996, Picart had his
first show at the Wolf Walker Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. This was
quickly followed by his participation in a group show of Catalan artists at
Ambassador Gallery in New York, where he was among some of the leading
contemporary figurative painters working in Spain at that time. Gabriel Picart
was on his way as a painter of fine art. Since then, he no longer accepts
illustration commissions; he paints full time.
Gabriel Picart considers himself a realist painter, working realistically though
not photographically. While he has also become noted for his dimensional facade
paintings of Barcelona and his romantic pictures of Venice, his main love is the
human figure. Picart’s paintings are time consuming
and therefore he does not produce a lot, which means that the number of
galleries that can carry his work is limited. His paintings have attracted
special attention of noteworthy critics and collectors, and they have been on
display at some of the most recognized galleries in the US.
Picart’s work has been
featured worldwide in prestigious magazines. In 2004, he was the first artist
from Spain ever featured in International Artist magazine. Most recently,
he has got the honor to be the artist featured in the art and design section of
the October-November 2013 edition of Gulf Connoisseur magazine, the
premier lifestyle magazine of the Gulf region.
In 2012, Gabriel Picart
was one of the two International Master Artists specially invited by the
organizers of Art Revolution Taipei in its second edition.