Yoav Messer was born in Israel (8th generation), raised in Ramat HaSharon and Tel Aviv. He finished his high school studies at Tel Aviv's Tichon Hadash. Messer served in the IDF's Special Forces and after 30 years of reserve service was honorably discharged at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He studied architectural and city planning at the Technion in Haifa of which he graduated with honors. He has taught art at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem as well as the College Michlala Leminhal in Tel Aviv.The city of Tel Aviv remains at the center of Yoav's professional and personal life where he lives with his wife and three children. As an ongoing search for different cultures and landscapes he has embarked on an extensive travel program that included in the past few years; climbing to the peak of Klimanjaro in Africa, the Katchkar in Turkey, the Mont Blanc in Europe, biking in Burma and Ethiopia, traveling in Haiti and south East Asia.