A gallery owner, a publicist, an art-manager, the former director of Perm Museum of Modern Art PERMM. From June 2002 to February 2004 he was the Deputy General Director of JSC «The First Channel». A political strategist, one of the founders of the Fund of Effective Politics, a member of the Public Chamber of the convocation of 2010-2012 biennium.
Marat Guelman was born in Chisinau on 24 December 1960. His father is a writer and playwright Aleksander Isaakovich Guelman. He finished school № 34 of Chisinau in 1977, in 1983 he graduated from Moscow Institute of Сommunications with a specialization in engineering, he worked simultaneously as a sceneshifter and a stagehand at Mkhat (Moscow Academic Art Theatre), «Sovremennik» and the Theater named after Mayakovskiy.
Up to 1986 he worked as an engineer in Chisinau. After the repeal of the article about parasitism (March 1, 1986) he quit his job to write a novel and start his own business.
In 1987 Guelman, who had been interested in art, particularly contemporary, since his youth, made the first exhibition in his lifetime, showing Moscow artists in Chisinau. It was a great success, including commercial, and having come to Moscow to give the artists their paintings and the money received from selling their works, Guelman decided to stay in the capital of Russia.
He started his professional life in art as a collector, but, having collected an unsuccessful first collection due to his inexperience, he was forced to master the skills of selling works of art and actually became the first art dealer in the USSR. In 1990, having received education in the field of contemporary art abroad, he assembled a collection of Ukrainian art, which formed the basis of the exhibition «South Russian Wave», shown in 1992 and being on everyone’s lips. Guelman describes his way into art and in art as a series of accidents, but it is this plasticity and openness to chances, according to the gallery owner, that may be more important for success than commitment.
In 2014 he moved to Montenegro for the implementation of cultural projects.