Elisa Pelayo was born in Madrid in 1980. After receiving her degree in Information Science, she completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography at EFTI-Madrid (2008/2009) and attended workshops with James Casebere, Nancy Davenport, Chema Madoz, Eugenio Ampudia, Guillaume Raynaud, among others.

Since then she has participated in several collective exhibits and photography projects in Portugal, France and Spain, as well as taking on commercial jobs. In 2011 she moved to San Francisco to study Large Format Photography. Now she is based in the East Bay, where she is working on her personal and professional photography projects.