Bernard Meninsky was a painter and draughtsman born in Ukraine to Jewish parents and brought up in Liverpool. He briefly studied at Liverpool Art School, then in Paris in 1911. On his return, Meninsky attended the Slade, before teaching drawing in Florence whilst working for the avant-garde theatre director Edward Gordon Craig.
In 1914 he returned to England and began teaching at the Central School. David Bomberg and Jacob Epstein included him in the ‘Jewish Section’ of Twentieth-Century Art: A Review of Modern Movements at the Whitechapel in 1914. He exhibited with the New English Art Club from 1914 (joining in 1923) and with The London Group from 1916.
His first solo exhibition was in 1919 at the Goupil Gallery. During the First World War Meninsky was an Official War Artist and afterwards taught at the Westminster. From 1922−27 he spent much of his time in the South of France; living briefly in Spain in 1936. In 1940 he returned to England to teach at Oxford City Art School until 1945. Suffering from depression, Meninsky committed suicide in 1950.