Burbank, Elbridge Ayer was born in 1858 in Harvard, Illinois, United States. Son of A. J. and Annie M. Burbank.
Studied under Paul Navin and Frederick Fehr at Munich.
Began painting of North America Indians, 1897, has since made portraits of 125 different types. Representative in collections of Field Museum and Newberry Library, Chicago, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and elsewhere.