Painter and teacher, born and lived in Glynneath, West Glamorgan, who originally studied medical laboratory technology at Neath General Hospital/Neath Technical College, 1961–5, before taking a foundation course at Cardiff College of Art, 1965–6. Gained an honours degree from Newport College of Art and Design, 1966–9, did a postgraduate teaching certificate at University College Cardiff, 1969–70, gaining his master’s in fine art at South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, 1985–7. After a series of teaching posts from 1970, from 1980 Elias was head of the art department at Aberdare Girls’ Comprehensive, being a visiting lecturer at South Glamorgan Institute, 1988. He won several WAC awards and is represented in its collection as well as those of West Wales Arts Association and Bangor Normal College.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)