Elham Shafaei was born in 1983, Rasht - Iran. She studied on Bachelor of Painting (Arts), in Science and Culture University, Tehran, Iran, 2003-2007.She studied Master of Fine Arts, in School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia, 2010-2013.She studied PhD in Fine Arts, in School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia, 2014-2016.The inspiration of Elham's artworks, is drawn from her personal life.The views of society about her behavior as a woman motivated Elham to start her work to show the view of womanhood. She believes that, woman is a complicated being; her soul and feeling pulsate through all her body parts.  This means regions of the feminine body do not exist simply as pounds of flesh, but rather they contain and communicate her soul and intellect. Elham's thoughts and art try to express her identity as a woman, her attitude, personal experience and history of her life. That's why she has found a strong connection between her art and "melancholia", which is dragged her to study on melancholia for her PhD project.

Currently she works as the Editor and Co-Founder at Contemporary Identities International Online ArtMagazine.