Born in New York City in 1927, Alfred Leslie attended New York University, studying with Tony Smith and William Baziotes. He taught painting at New York Studio School, University of Pennsylvania, Amherst College, and Yale University. He Received an Independent Film Award for Pull My Daisy and won a merit award for painting from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was first an Abstract Expressionist and then turned to realism in his paintings, drawings, and prints starting in 1958. His stark portrayals of both male and female nudes are almost super-realistic whereas his landscapes are serene and brooding. The influence of his filmmaking activities that earned him the Independent Film Award in 1960 can be seen in some of his prints.