Freda Guttman was born in Montreal in 1934. She received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1956. She later perfected her teaching skills and studied printmaking. Since 1971, she has participated in many group and solo shows around the world. In 1989, she produced The Global Menu and in 1995, Silent Movie. In 1998, she participated in the project J'accuse with PRIM.