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Born in Bessarabia in 1898, Gutman came to Israel in 1905. He was the son of the writer Ben-Zion. He studied art in Jerusalem, Vienna, Berlin and Paris.
Gutman was a leader in the rebellion against the academic painting of Bezalel School teachers. Searching for an artistic style that would express the new freedom Jews found in their developing homeland, Gutman was influenced diversely by the primitivism of Henri Rousseau, the charm of Persian miniatures, the paintings of Raoul Dufy, and the enormous-eyed figures of ancient Egypt. A synthesis of these elements led Gutman to the illustrative style in which he continued to paint throughout his career.
Gutman participated in group exhibitions in Tel-Aviv, Paris, Brussels and took part in the Venice Biennale in 1954 and the biennale of Sao Paulo in 1955. He has also exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and in Switzerland, Greece, Australia, India and the Scandinavian countries.
He has been awarded a gold medal at an international exhibition in Paris in 1939 and the Dizengoff prize in 1945. He has also been awarded the “Sicily Prize” for his watercolors at the Sao Paulo biennale in 1955 as well as many literary awards.