Born in Barcelona in 1969, Gabriel Campanario graduated from the University of Navarra’s School of Communication with a degree in journalism in 1992. Currently, he works full time as news artist at The Seattle Times, where his award-winning column, Seattle Sketcher, appears in the frontpage of the local news section every Saturday and online at seattletimes.com/seattlesketcher. From December of 2013 through May of 2014, the Seattle Museum of History and Industry hosted a solo exhibit of Campanario’s sketches that attracted thousands of visitors. A book with a selection of his newspaper columns was published by The Seattle Times in the fall of 2014.
Campanario started his newspaper career as an infographics artist at his hometown daily, La Vanguardia, in the early 90s and resides in the United States since 1998. He worked as graphic artist and design editor in newsrooms across the country, including The Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nev.), The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) and USA TODAY (McLean, Va.), before joining The Seattle Times in 2006.
In the past decade, drawing on location has become a constant in Campanario’s personal and professional life. He is the founder of Urban Sketchers, an online community and non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the practice of field sketching. The group blog he started in 2008 under that name and his book, The Art of Urban Sketching, have sparked a global movement with thousands of sketchers around the world who share his motto of showing the world, one drawing at a time.
Campanario lives in the Seattle area with his wife and two children, and never leaves home without a sketchbook in his pocket.