Gabriel Picart

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Gabriel Picart

Spain

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Gabriel Picart was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, 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. 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 atelier.

Not long after deciding to become a professional artist, Picart met the illustrator Enric Torres, famed by his Warren Magazine covers. He invited Gabriel to visit the studio that he shared with Pepe Gonzalez, one of the world's foremost comic artists. Shortly thereafter, the young Gabriel became the third member of the studio. Picart's career as an illustrator blossomed; he worked on commissions throughout Europe, mainly for Germany, the Netherlands, and the Scandinavian countries.

In 1985, Picart 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, Harlequin, Pocket Books and Scholastic, to name a few. Gabriel did book covers and interior illustrations, all in a representational mode with a fine art treatment.

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 at Ambassador Gallery in New York, where he was among some of the leading figurative painters from Spain. Since then, Picart focused on his own paintings and no longer made illustration commissions.

His works have been on display at recognized galleries in the US, such as Anderson Galleries in Beverly Hills, and Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco. They 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. His works also have been featured worldwide. In 2004, Picart was the first artist from Spain ever featured in International Artist magazine. In 2013, he was the artist featured of the October-November 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. This event aroused his keen interest in the culture of East Asia, where he has travelled every year since.

From 2016 to 2019, Picart has spent most of his time making works of art for the IBEX Collection.

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