Michael Elkayam was born to a traditional Jewish family in Morocco in 1954. At the age of three the family decided to make aliyah to Israel. Elkayam grew up in a creative atmosphere as the family were skilled craftsmen. They worked mostly in copper producing jewelry, ornaments and inscriptions in relief. His family was also very experienced calligraphers and scribes and Elkayam was able to appreciate and learn this traditional craft at home.
Elkayam uses traditional Jewish images in his art, creating Judaica for the Jewish home, working in a variety of media, including chalks and watercolors, in addition to conventional oils, He also incorporates his skills as a calligrapher into his art, sometimes using traditional black ink on parchment. Michael Elkayam’s pieces are often quite mystical in nature, and reflect the Jewish religious life cycle, taking his subjects from the Bible, the Festivals, the synagogue, and of course, home.
He is a member of the Israel Association of Artists and Sculptures.