Michael Ajerman was born in New York.  He studied at the Corcoran School of Art and the New York Studio School, along with taking part in the Yale Summer School at Norfolk.  In 2003 he completed a Masters Degree at the Slade School of Art.  

Since then he has had solo exhibitions in the UK, Italy, USA and Israel including Fisherman, Strawberry and Devil Crab (2010) and Squash (2013) at Transition. Along with Heads of Tails at HemingwayArt, Oxford, UK; Inatteso/Unexpected at Marco Rossi Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; and Glossolalia at Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, USA.

Having been included in numerous group exhibitions including, the 2015 East End Painting Prize at the Rum Factory, London; Kunskog at 500 Dollars, London; East Wing Collection 8 at the Courtauld Galleries; The Painting Room at the Transition Gallery; and Bomberg's Relevance at the Ben Uri Gallery.

He received the William Newman Memorial Painting Prize in 1996, the Royal Academy's British Institute Award in 2003, and the Manhattan Graphic SummerInk Scholarship in 2012. 

He currently lives and works in London and New York.