Yanai Toister (b. Kibbutz Yizrael, Israel) received his MFA in art from the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles and a BFA in photography from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.
Toister received The Constantiner Photography Award for an Israeli Artist from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Young Artist Award from the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture, The Lovelace Scholarship from the California Institute of the Arts, The Overseas Study Grant from the America - Israel Cultural Foundation, and the First Profile award from The Council for the Arts, Israel National Lottery.
Selected solo exhibitions include The Constantiner Photography Award exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Sandroni.Rey in Los Angeles, Register of Facts at the Tal Esther gallery in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Syndrome at the Tel Aviv Artist Studios. Selected group exhibitions include Dreary Structures Dreamy Structures at the Ashdod Art Museum Monart Canter, Israel, The Rings of Saturn at the Dvir gallery in Tel Aviv, The World is a Tissue of Lies at the Kunstahalle Luzern Switzerland, When It's a Photograph at the Bolsky Gallery at the Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles California, Obsessions at the Maison Europenne de la Photographie (MEP) Paris, Additions - Architecture along a continuum at the The Israeli pavilion, The 11th international Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennial, Depletion at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Wanderland at the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld Germany.
In recent years Toister has collaborated with Efrat - Kowalsky architects in Tel Aviv and with Stiletto magazine in Paris. Other activities include curatorial activity at the Bezalel Academy and at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv. Toister lives and works in Los Angeles California and in Tel Aviv Israel where he is a lecturer at the photography and architecture departments in the Bezalel Academy and at the textile design department in Shenkar college.
Toister is represented by the Dvir Gallery in Tel Aviv.