Gali Cnaani is a textile designer and artist and the head of the Department of Textile Design at the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design. Born in Israel in 1968, Cnaani began her textile design studies in Shenkar, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She continued her graduate studies at the College of Art and Design in Kanazawa, Japan (1998–2000). Japanese concepts of design, Bauhaus traditions and Modernism and her own family biography (her grandfather was a weaving engineer in a textile mill and her mother designed knitwear for a leading Israeli fashion firm), represent the main sources of inspiration for her work.
Cnaani has worked as a textile designer for Polgat and other Israeli manufacturers. Since 2004 she has taught Textile Design at Shenkar, and from 2006–15 she also taught in the Jewelry and Fashion Department of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.
She has been featured in solo exhibitions in Israel and abroad, including the Tel Aviv Art Museum; GalleryGallery Kyoto, Japan; and the Textile Museums in Augsburg and Bocholt, Germany. Cnaani has also participated in group exhibitions in The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 1995 and 1998 she won the Sharet Fund prize, and in 2013 was awarded the highly regarded Andy Prize for Contemporary Art, as well as the Ministry of Culture, and Science Design Award.
In her work Cnaani deals with themes of dismantling and assembling, art and manufacturing, and the loaded cultural significance of industry and manual creation, while working in a range of artistic techniques including weaving, dyeing, felting and printing.