Spanish painter Gabriel Picart, born in Barcelona, has spent most of his life in the same neighborhood. Picart's career as an illustrator blossomed; he worked on commissions throughout Europe. Picart quickly won assignments from all the major publishing houses in America and Canada. Picart worked as well for advertising agencies, graphic design firms and catalogue houses, and began showing his work at the Sala Parés in Barcelona - a very prestigious gallery. 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.