Elif Naci was born in 1898 in Gelibolu. He was educated at Ayasofya Rüştiyesi and Vefa İdadisi. In 1914 he enrolled in the Sanay-i Nefise Mektebi. He became the student of Ibrahim Çallı. In 1933, he was among the founders of D Grubu. In 1953 he became the Fatih Museum Director, and served as acting Director of the Topkapı Palace Museum the same year. He worked on printmaking at Süleyman Saim Tekcan's studio in Söğütlüçeşme in 1981. He is one of the longest working artists in Tekcan's studio, which was moved to Söğütlüçeşme from Kuyubaşı Aralık Street, and is one of the most important regulars of the studio’s art talks. He died in Istanbul in 1988.