Ezrom Legae was born in 1938 in Vrededorp, Johannesburg and worked as a sculptor and draughtsman. Legae was educated at St Cyprians Primary School and Madibane High in Diepkloof, Soweto. He studied at the Polly Street and Jubilee Art Centres between 1959 and 1964, under the tutelage of great South African artists, Cecil Skotnes and Sydney Kumalo. In1964, Legae was appointed later became a co-director of the institution. In 1970, Legae was awarded a USSALEP travel scholarship, which allowed him to travel and study in the United States and Europe.

He later left teaching to presue his career as an artist. In 1980 and 1981, he worked as a part-time instructor at the Federated Union of Black Artists (FUBA), and was Director of the Diepmeadow Town Council Art project until his death in 1999.
Legae is best known for his powerful visual commentaries regarding the degradation of apartheid. His work serves as a critique on poverty and racism in the post-apartheid years.