Alfredo Ratinoff is an artist in residence at the Lee Arts Center. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he trained in ceramics with his master Teodolina Garcia Cabo starting at the age of eleven. Ratinoff specialized for many years in large scale installations of tile and mosaic murals and his works are in many private collections all over the United States, in the permanent collection at the Embassy of Argentina in the office of the ambassador, and in 2004 he created a stained glass piece for the mausoleum of the renowned Cuban singer Celia Cruz in Bronx, N.Y. He is currently a faculty member for the Art Department for ceramics and mosaics at The Smithsonian Institution as well as the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. He serves also as a curator for the art committee at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C.