The Venezuelan born Elba Damast (b. 1944) was a painter and installation artist who also went by the name of Elba Alvarez. As Alvarez, she was known for her abstract landscapes known as action paintings that became best-selling posters that in the 1980’s and early 90’s.

As Damast, she went through several critical periods in her work. In the 1970s her paintings while surrealistic focused abstractly on family, portraiture, and landscapes. These forms, rendered in sinewy apparitions, resonated with her audiences.  She continued this series into her arrival in New York City in 1972.