British Expressionist painter Leon Kossoff was born in 1926 in Islington, London, and lived there with his parents until he attended school in Norfolk. He began painting at a young age and attended St Martin's School of Art upon his return to London in 1943. He also studied at Borough Polytechnic, where he was taught by David Bomberg and influenced by Frank Auerbach. In the early 1950's, Kossoff lived and worked in Mornington Crescent. He then moved his studio to Bethnal Green while he studied at the Royal College of Art from 1953-1956.
Kossoff worked while teaching at the Chelsea School of Art, Regent Street Polytechnic and St Martin's School of Art. He often showed his work alongside that of Frank Auerbach, Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon and other contemporary British artists. His work is now shown and owned by numerous international public and private collections.