Nahum Gilboa (1917-2015) was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. Nahum studied at a Hebrew school and later at a Hebrew teachers’ seminary in Sofia. During his studies he also visited the National Academy of Art and after graduating was a teacher at the central Hebrew school in Sofia.
In 1953-1952 he won a scholarship that enabled him to specialize in Paris. He took advantage of his stay in the City of Lights to study at the Academy of Art. Along with his rich work, he was a teacher of painting for many years.
Since the 1950s he has held more than 20 solo exhibitions in Israel and in important galleries in New York, Long Island, Stuttgart, Cologne, Basel and more. He has also participated in dozens of group exhibitions in Israel and throughout the world.
His paintings have been exhibited in many exhibitions, and he is considered by art critics as a brilliant Israeli romantic not only because of his realistic-romantic style, but also -and mainly- because of the rich color of his paintings, the accuracy of detail and the breadth of the story. His paintings are characterized by a desire to give a more faithful and precise expression to the visual image created in his imagination, the influence of his feelings and reactions to life, to memories and impressions from the past in Bulgaria and in the pioneering Land of Israel.
He died in Tel Aviv on December 13, 2015.