Born in Damascus in 1935, Elias Zayyat started studying art in 1952 and graduated from the Department of Painting, Fine Arts Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria; in 1960. He continued higher education in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo, and graduated in art restoration from Budapest in 1973. He taught in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University from 1980 to 2000, where he wrote and published specialised essays reflecting his vision as an art and restoration researcher. He also participated in many exhibitions. In his work, Zayyat links local intellectual and art heritage with contemporary styles. He depicted subjects from ancient civilisations’ history and mythology. His paintings were rich of semiotics, especially after he started exploring new approaches apart from realism.