Born 1927, New York; active 1947–present, New York
Born and raised in New York, Alfred Leslie was educated at New York University, where he studied with Tony Smith and William Baziotes. Leslie gained prominence in the 1950s as an important member of the second generation of abstract expressionists, a group of artists who were indebted to the pioneering efforts of the earlier New York abstract painters. He was also a film maker and part of the Beat movement, and in 1959 co-directed and produced the film Pull My Daisy with photographer Robert Frank and writer Jack Kerouac. In 1966 Leslie suffered a catastrophic studio fire which destroyed most of his paintings and films, and around this period he made a radical shift away from pure abstraction toward realistically rendered, figurative imagery.