Can Göknil, born in Ankara, Turkey in 1945, grew up with a love for the rich myths and folk tales of her Anatolian culture. These stories have been a significant influence on her writing and art.

She graduated from Knox College in Illinois, USA in 1968 and earned her Master of Arts degree in 1969 from The City College of the City University of New York, School of Fine Arts. Can Göknil has exhibited her works worldwide, including prestigious venues such as The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. She has also participated in several international art fairs. 

Her art often explores mythological themes, drawing from the deep well of cultural heritage. Alongside her art, Can Göknil is known for writing and illustrating children’s picture books. Currently based in Istanbul, she continues to create and explore the intersection of art and mythology.