Eliahu Sidi was born in Paris, France, in 1936. During the Second World War, he hid with his family in the mountains of Paris in central France. In 1948 he immigrated to Israel with his family, who lived in Nahariya and later in Jerusalem. In 1955 he returned to France. Between 1959 and 1957 he served as a soldier in French Algeria. In 1970 he immigrated to Israel a second time as a gardener, but eventually settled in the Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem. Between 1978 and 1973, he returned to France and worked in cheese production. Upon his return to Ein Karem in 1978, he began to work in painting and sculpture. In 1994, following the burning of his studio, he moved to the Nahlaot neighborhood of the city. Sidi's work is characterized by a naive style and images of Jewish and Kabbalistic tradition.