British figurative painter Frank Auerbach was born in Berlin in 1931, and was sent by his parents to Britain in 1939 to escape the Nazi persecution. Auerbach began his studies in art at an early age in Kent. He pursued his interest at St Martin's School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and then at London's Borough Polytechnic where he met Leon Kossoff and took courses by David Bomberg.
Auerbach taught at several secondary schools before teaching at the Camberwell School of Art from 1958 until 1965. During his early career, he showed his art in many major London art galleries and often exhibited alongside Kossoff Lucian Freud, Michael Andrews and several other contemporaries. Exhibitions of his work have shown internationally in institutions including the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and he is now recognized as one of the most significant contributors to the history of modern British art.