Philip Naviasky

British, 1894-1982

Self Portrait (Date unknown) © Bonhams

Philip Naviasky was born in Leeds in 1894, the son of Polish immigrants. He won a Junior Scholarship to the Leeds School of Fine Art in 1907 and, at the age of 18, became the youngest ever student to be accepted into the Royal Academy Schools.  There he won a Royal Exhibition Award from the Board of Education to spend three years studying at Royal College of Art (RCA). He went on to teach at the Leeds College of Art.

Naviasky lived in Leeds nearly all his life but he travelled widely: in Ireland, the south of France, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Balearic Isles, Morocco, the southern United States and Mexico.