Biography of Gabriel Picart
“My paintings are in a pure realistic style, not hyper-realistic, and the imitation of reality is only apparent.
This is where the true magic in painting is to be found for me.”
Gabriel Picart was born in 1962, in Barcelona, Spain. Since the year he was born, he has spent most
of his life in the same neighborhood. It is the quarter where the world famous Park Giell is located.
Created by the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, this park was the realization of his utopian vision –
he designed it at the beginning of the last century as a new Arcadia, a Paradise on earth.
For over fifty years, Gabriel’s family lived in the concierge’s pavilion at the right of the main entrance of
the Park. Thus Gabriel was born and spent his childhood in that historically glorious pavilion Gaudi had
designed to emulate the witch’s house in Hans Christian Andersen’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.
By the time he was a teenager, his parents had rented the other pavilion on the opposite side of the
main gate – for $5.00 per month! 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 Gaudi’s
workshop. In the 1980s, both pavilions and the Park Giell itself were designated by UNESCO as part
of “Mankind’s Heritage”. This pavilion was all his to work in as he chose. In the very same room that
Gaudi executed his designs, Picart set up his first studio. He says that he felt Gaudi’s ghost hovering
over his shoulder. Gabriel soon became so addicted to painting that he gave up a promising career in architecture.
Fortune smiled on Gabriel. Not long after he had made the decision to become a professional artist, he had the
good luck to meet the famous illustrator Enric Torres. Enric invited Gabriel to visit the studio he shared with
the best ink and charcoal illustrator in Spain, one of the creators of the incomparable Vampirella, Pepe Gonzalez.
Pepe was one of the world’s foremost comic artists – an acknowledged master of the art of drawing, rendering and
composition. By the age of twenty Picart was on his way. 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
Picart’s career as an illustrator blossomed; he worked on commissions throughout Europe. In 1985, he began his
collaboration with SI International, a New York agency noted for its ability to select the best European artists.
Picart quickly won assignments from all the major publishing houses in America and Canada. He worked as well for
advertising agencies, graphic design firms and catalogue houses. Art directors clamored for his paintings because
he brought a fine art style to his representational illustrations. Clients loved his paintings for their simple
Fine art collectors are aware of the importance of Picart’s training as an illustrator. The demands are at times
almost super-human because the challenges are both technical and aesthetic. Besides being able to draw, render
and paint, the successful illustrator must be able to communicate directly to the viewer. For his own part,
Picart chose to master the use of oils in creating his illustrations, in contrast to some of the faster and
easier mediums and techniques available, always with the goal in mind of parlaying this technical acumen into
the painting of fine art.
Picart found time to do fine art paintings and began showing his work at the Sala Paris in Barcelona. In 1996,
he had his first show at the WolfWalker 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 studio painter
of fine art. Galleries throughout the US asked to carry his pictures. As a result, he paints full time.
Picart’s paintings have attracted special attention of noteworthy critics and collectors, and they are or have
been on display at some of the most recognized galleries in the US. Most recently, prestigious California publisher
Fingerhut Group published and distributed limited editions of his works, popularizing Picart’s artwok among a wider
variety of collectors.
SHOWS & EXHIBITS
Addison Gallery — Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
Ambassador Galleries — New York, N.Y., USA.
American Illustrators Society — New York, N.Y., USA.
Anderson Galleries — Beverly Hills, California, USA.
Elite Gallery — Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
Fingerhut Gallery — Laguna Beach, California, USA.
Fingerhut Gallery — La Jolla, California, USA.
Fingerhut Gallery — Sausalito, California, USA.
Galleria di Sorrento — Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Galerie du Soleil — Naples, Florida, USA.
James Harold Galleries — Lake Tahoe, California, USA.
Jones-Terwilliger — Carmel, California, USA.
Legends Gallery — La Jolla, California, USA.
New York Artexpo 2001 — New York, N.Y., USA.
New York Artexpo 2002 — New York, N.Y., USA.
New York Artexpo 2006 — New York, N.Y., USA.
Owl 57 Galleries — Woodmere, New York, USA.
Quent Cordair Fine Art — Napa, California, USA.
Sala Maremignum — Barcelona, Spain.
Sala Paris — Barcelona, Spain.
S.R. Brennen Gallery of Fine Art — Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
Weinstein Gallery — San Francisco, California, USA.
Wolfwalker Gallery — Sedona, Arizona, USA.