Born in Alexandria, Egypt of Spanish and French parents, Roger Barcilon left Egypt at the age of 16, settling in Spain to study art at first in a private academy under the guidance of the renowned Catalan landscape painter R. Tarrega, and later at the Academy of Fine Arts (Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes) in Barcelona. His masters were Vincenzo Navarro and Ernesto Santa Susagna among others.
After graduation, Roger remained in Spain where he held one-man exhibitions at several galleries, among others, Galleria Pinacoteca of Barcelona, the Gaspar in Madrid and in Gerona; he participated in several collective exhibitions as well in Barcelona, Bilbao and Madrid.
Roger eventually left Spain and lived for many years in Italy, Norway and England and traveled extensively all over Europe. He spent the early part of his professional life working for major advertising agencies as an in-house illustrator and later freelancing to serve both large publishers and international advertising agencies in the main European capitals.
Simultaneously, Roger continued to pursue his passion for fine art. He exhibited extensively in Italy, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom where his paintings won several prestigious awards. In 1970, his work was included in the Italian Encyclopedia of Art "Il Commanducci". During that period, he was represented by the late Kenneth Aberg at Gallery 69 in Gothenburg, Sweden. To this day, Roger is considered a renowned European artist with paintings hanging in private collections throughout Europe and the Americas.
Eventually Roger and his family relocated to England with a thriving illustration business. During this period, Roger noticed that young artists, did not fully grasp the foundation skills and techniques required of world class illustrators and decided that he had something to offer to young art students, so in 1984, Roger opened the Gemini School of Illustration in the UK.
In 1999 Roger travelled to the US to join an in-house art studio for an international videogame software publisher based in Austin, Texas. As one of the few artists with classical training, Roger became a mentor and teacher to his teammates. In 2003 Roger opened the Gemini School of Visual Arts & Communication; this did not stop him from continuing to paint and being represented by Russell Collection Fine Art in Austin, Texas.
Today, under Roger’s leadership, the Gemini School of Visual Arts & Communication is remodeling art education for students seeking careers as professional artists. In addition to his vision of growth for the school, Roger continues to paint and exhibit.