Gabriel “Gabi” Campanario is a Seattle-based visual artist, illustrator and journalist best known for his work as a staff artist at The Seattle Times and as the founder of Urban Sketchers. He is the author of Seattle Sketcher: An Illustrated Journal, and several books on urban sketching, including The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around the World.
A native of Barcelona, Campanario earned his degree in Journalism from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, in 1992, and resides in the United States since 1998. His career as a newspaper artist spans more than two decades working in newsrooms on both sides of the Atlantic, including La Vanguardia (Barcelona), The Reno-Gazette Journal (Nevada), Diario de Noticias (Lisbon), The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.), USA TODAY and The Seattle Times.
Campanario’s work has been recognized by The Society of News Design, The Society of Professional Journalists and The Society for Features Journalism, and was the subject of a five-month solo exhibit at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry in 2014. As the founder of the Urban Sketchers nonprofit, Campanario’s advocacy of on-location sketching helped launch a global movement of artists and drawing enthusiasts whose motto is showing the world, one drawing at a time.
Mi mejor herramienta de dibujo es mi cuaderno. El Periódico, Barcelona. March, 2019
Urban sketchers: isto não é apenas um desenho, Publico newspaper, Portugal. July 21, 2018.
Drawing Out the Story, Communication Arts. July 10, 2018.
Urban sketchers: cuando dibujar monumentos se convierte en tendencia, El Confidencial, May, 3, 2017
Art Exhibit Evokes A Sense Of ‘Placiness’, KNKX, Aug. 15, 2016
Urban-sketching: the whole world into paper, Popsop, March 5, 2016
Urban Sketching, La Vanguardia’s Sunday Magazine, Barcelona, May 31, 2015
Mural artist and Seattle Sketcher in Shoreline again, Shoreline Area News, Aug. 26, 2014
Un catalán, cronista gráfico de Seattle durante el último lustro, Agencia Efe. May 13, 2014
‘Seattle Sketcher’ Gabriel Campanario’s work at MOHAI, The Seattle Times. Jan. 10, 2014
‘Urban sketching’, el arte urbano 2.0, La Vanguardia, July 16, 2013
A conversation with Gabriel Campanario. Interview with Seattle blog “Deux Dilletantes.” March 21, 2013
Gabriel Campanario and the Art of Locational Sketching, Melton Prior Institute, Aug. 2012
Drawn to the Art of Urban Sketching. Interview with Florida Weekly, July 12, 2012
An interview with Gabriel Campanario Culture Vixen, May 7, 2012
Ten great places to sketch your vacation. USA TODAY, April 26, 2012
‘Urban Sketching’ book takes armchair travelers around the world, The Seattle Times. April 7, 2012
Urban Sketchers New Day Northwest, KING5 News, Feb. 21, 2012
Interview: Gabi Campanario at The Seattle Times Graphic Journos, June 19, 2011
MacWorld Magazine, Spanish Edition, March 2011
Las crónicas ilustradas de un español triunfan en Seattle, 233grados.com, March 21, 2011
Cómo mirar a través de un lápiz, El País, Dec. 29, 2010
Urban Sketchers take on Seattle, Nov. 25, 2010
Interview at Barcelona radio station RAC (mp3 download, in Catalan)
Evening Magazine segment on KING5 News, May 11, 2010
Un cuaderno en la maleta cambiará tus vacaciones. Cinco Días, April 2, 2010
Capitol Hill Blog video, Jan. 28, 2010
Gabriel Campanario es el autor del cartel del Congreso de Periodismo Digital de Huesca, El Periódico de Aragón, Dec. 29, 2008
Seattle’s Urban Sketcher, by Florangela Davila, KUOW NPR, Dec. 8, 2009
Los dibujantes reporteros se reúnen en Urban Sketchers, El País, Jan. 21, 2010
Urban Sketchers, un año dibujando a través del mundo, La Vanguardia, Nov. 11, 2009
The Tools Artists Use, March 30, 2009
Currently Hanging, Jen Graves, The Stranger, Nov. 7, 2008
An interview with Gabi Campanario, skine.art, June 2008
La Moleskine de Gabi Campanario, Cuatrotipos, Nov. 6, 2007