Hyman studied at the Slade School of Fine Art (1963-1967). He has exhibited widely in the UK, Italy and India and won the National Portrait Gallery Travel Award in 2007.
He is a figurative painter, writer, curator and lecturer. A recognised authority on Sienese painting and the work of Pierre Bonnard, he has published acclaimed monographs on both subjects. He has written extensively on art and film, is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and has curated exhibitions at the Tate, ICA and Hayward galleries.
Hyman is a portraitist, but is probably best known for his narrative renditions of London. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Beckmann and Hopper, he explores his personal relationship, both real and mythological, with the city where he lives and works. He employs vivid colours, shifting scale and perspectives, to create visionary works.