Elias Zayat studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria between 1956 and 1960 and the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo. He also majored in art restoration at the Academy of Fine Arts and Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest.
He is one of the founders of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, where he taught until his retirement. He has published several studies in the history of art, iconography and art criticism.
This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 10