Born in the Ukraine, Bernard Meninsky was brought as a baby to Liverpool, where he spent his childhood. In 1906, he entered the Liverpool School of Art where he won various scholarships and the King’s Medal, which in 1910 allowed him to study in Paris at Académie Julian. Two years later, he returned to London and entered the Slade School. Meninsky became central to the great generation of twentieth century Anglo-Jewish artists, which included his friends Mark Gertler, David Bomberg, Jacob Kramer and Isaac Rosenberg. He joined the London Group in 1913, of which he became a life-long member.
During the First World War, Meninsky worked as an Official War Artist. His first one man show in the Goupil Gallery in 1919 was an unqualified success with the public and he returned to teaching at the Central School (where he had spent some years teaching in 1913) and succeeded Walter Richard Sickert as a teacher of life drawing. Exhibiting regularly both in London and in the United States, Meninsky held eight one-man exhibitions in London between 1926 and 1948.