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| Born in Korea to missionary parents in|
1940, Elfred Lee and his family were
evacuated to the Philippines where they
were captured and placed in prison camps
for 3 years. There, at the age of 4, Elfred
began drawing with colored pencils
provided by an artist friend. In the winter
of 1945 a daring raid by American
paratroopers rescued the Lee's and
thousands of others from execution.
Back in Korea, he continued to draw and
paint until the Communist invasion in 1950.
Traveling to Japan he studied with artists
there, learning the patience and precision
of the Asian Culture.
During the Vietnam War, in the United
States Army, Elfred was chosen to receive
Hollywood training in motion picture
photography and sent on a special mission
in 1967 to Vietnam. There he filmed and
directed movies which are now part of the
history of that war. On one night-mission
he was shot down in a helicopter.
Elfred has been on four expeditions up
Mount Ararat in Turkey to search for Noah's
Ark. On one such mission in 1986, he even
teamed up with Astronaut Jim Irwin.
Political unrest has made these searches
difficult and dangerous. He has interviewed
and sketched the memories of native
Armenian George Hagopian who saw the
ark as a child during a drought in the early
Elfred Lee's education includes two Masters
and an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts
from San Jose State University, California;
Syracuse University, New York; and Faith
College, Birmingham, Alabama with special
training at the University of London,
England and Hebrew University, Israel. He
has taught at several colleges and
universities in the United States and Mexico
including 9 years as founding chairman of
the Art Department of Oakwood College,
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