Sophia, Bulgaria 1917 – Israel , 1976
Gilboa was the son of one of the first Jewish journalists in Bulgaria, from whom he undoubtedly inherited the gift of absorbing and reflecting every detail of the human experience. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Sofia.
He would frequently make sketches and take photos of scenes that interested him, and then, with the aid of a rich and fertile imagination he would then reconstruct a new composition with a wide and grand perspective which envelopes a visual and spiritual panorama.
Gilboa belongs to the school of Lyric Realism (or Fantastic Realism). Much of his painting deals with memories of youth, as well as multi-figured landscapes – Israeli or foreign. The many figures which populate his paintings vary greatly in their activities, occupations and colors.
In 1937 Gilboa graduated from the Jewish Teacher’s College, majoring in art. After teaching for a short period he was married. When World War II began, he and his wife boarded an ancient broken down fishing vessel and entered Palestine as illegal immigrants where they were captured by the British. He and his wife were members of several Kibbutzim from 1940 through 1947.
From 1952-1953 he studied in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and also studied the techniques of classical painting in Italy. In 1954 he returned to Israel and became a member of the Association of Painters and Sculptors of Israel. He exhibited extensively with the Association and throughout the U.S., Israel, Europe and South Africa.