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Gabriel Picart considers himself a realist painter, working realistically though not photographically. While he has also become noted for his paintings of Barcelona and Venice, his main love is the human figure.
Gabriel Picart was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1962, where he still lives and works. His family lived in the concierge's pavilion of the world famous Park Güell. Gabriel spent his childhood in the building that the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi had designed to emulate the witch's house in Brothers Grimm's fairytale Hansel and Gretel
. 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, the one with an oddly shaped tower bearing on its top a double cross. This well known building had been Antoni Gaudi's studio during the construction of the park. In the very same room that architect Gaudi executed his designs, Picart set up his first studio. Gabriel soon became so addicted to painting that he gave up his goal of becoming an architect too.
Not long after deciding to become a professional artist, he met 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, Picart's career as an illustrator blossomed; he worked on commissions throughout Europe, mainly for Germany, the Netherlands, and the Scandinavian countries.
In 1985, Gabriel made his first trip to New York City. He quickly won assignments from all the major publishing houses in America and Canada, such as Reader's Digest
, Bantam Books
, Dell Publishing
, Pocket Books
, to name a few. Gabriel did 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 catalogue houses.
Since the mid-90s, Gabriel has concentrated on his own paintings and no longer makes illustration commissions. 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. Very soon his paintings were on permanent display at recognized galleries in the US, such as Anderson Galleries in Beverly Hills, and Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco.
Picart's artwork has attracted special attention of noteworthy collectors around the world. His paintings are in private collections in Spain, USA, Germany, Canada, China, Taiwan, New Zealand, Mexico, Emirates, Russia, and UK. In the mid-2000s, California publisher Fingerhut Group
published and distributed limited editions of some of his paintings, popularizing them among a wider variety of collectors.
His work also has been featured worldwide. In 2004, Picart was the first artist from Spain ever featured in International Artist
magazine. More recently, he got the honor to be the artist featured in the art and design section of the October-November 2013 edition of Gulf Connoisseur
of Dubai, 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, leading the group of Spanish painters to take part the following exhibitions. This event aroused his keen interest in the culture of East Asia, where he has travelled every year since.
Besides being interviewed on the media in relation to his artwork, Gabriel also has been interviewed regarding one of his main concerns, the mass tourism. In Picart's opinion, the tourist industry is indiscriminately flooding historical cities, doing little or nothing to help preserve these destinations for future generations. In 2015, he was interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, appearing on "The Current", as the representative of Barcelona in the special program dedicated to his hometown and tourism. In 2016, he has been interviewed by the BBC on the issue.
Gabriel is married to Rosa Anguas, the model for most of his female figure paintings. They have one daughter, Allegra.