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.