Galia Gavish was born as Genia Grubstein in Tashkent in the USSR (now Uzbekistan), where her parents fled Poland from the Nazis during World War II. In 7491, her family returned to Poland, and on January 25, 1952, emigrated to Israel.

Galia Crystal has lived in Jerusalem for many years. In 2011, after retiring, she moved to Tel Aviv.

Kristal studied painting with Arie Olouail at Tel Aviv’s first high school in Tel Aviv and Mina Ziselman-Blich privately. “Exhibition design” studies at the University of Cincinnati in the United States from 69-68 and an art print (engraving) at Goldsmiths College in London from 74-73. Curatorial studies at Tel Aviv University from 1990 to 1992 and management of cultural institutions at the LGBT Institute at Tel Aviv University in 1994.

From 1965 to 1990, she worked in various architectural offices, including Avraham Yaski, Dan Eitan, Moshe Safdie and David Cassuto. During this period, he plays a role in the Jerusalem Municipality’s Site Preservation Committee. From 1990 to 1994, she managed the Negev Museum and from 1994 until her retirement in 2010, she worked as a director and curator of the Yitzhak Kaplan Old Yard settlement museum in the Old City of Jerusalem.