Alfredo Elías Sánchez Iglesias (Santiago de Cuba, 1967) is a painter, a teacher, and a theater designer. At the age of fourteen, he graduated from the José Joaquín Tejada Provincial Arts School with a degree in drawing and engraving. Soon afterward, he began teaching there. As a student he was encouraged to study the masters and chose Picasso and Chagall. His teacher, José Aguilera Vicente, became a mentor. The works of Cuban artist Fidelio Ponce de León also provided inspiration. Iglesias studied theater design in Russia, returning to Cuba in 1995. His work in theater continues to have a profound impact on his painting.