Philip Naviasky was born to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents in Leeds, England on 14 January 1894 and entered Leeds School of Fine Arts on a scholarship in 1907. In 1912 he became the youngest ever student accepted into the Royal Academy school in London and went on to win a Royal Exhibition award and to study at the Royal College of Art. Afterwards, he returned to Leeds, where he practiced as an artist and art teacher at Leeds College of Art. He specialised in oil portraits of women and children and atmospheric landscapes. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1914-54 and also at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Glasgow Institute, New English Art Club, and had several one-man shows. He also worked extensively abroad, including in France, Italy, Spain and Morocco. Philip Naviasky died in Leeds, England on 19 June 1983. His work is represented in UK collections including Bradford, Leeds, Harris and the Hepworth Wakefield.