Yair Emanuel, a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design,
lives and works in Jerusalem. Born on Kibbutz Sha'alvim, he grew up in
Jerusalem in an Orthodox home, and later in life adopted a more
pluralistic approach to Judaism. This background influenced Emanuel's
style of Judaic art, which is based upon a fusion of traditional motifs and ancient Jewish
manuscripts with modern and oriental art. Vivid and harmonious colors as
well as a mixture of the Old and the New characterize Emanuel's work,
which is designed and crafted in his Jerusalem studio.
principal techniques he employs encompass painting on silk, hand
embroidery, raw-silk appliqué and painting on wood. Among the staff in
his studio are new immigrants and mentally disabled employees. A portion
of the studio's profits is donated to charity.