Frank Auerbach (b. 1931) was only 7 years of age when he was sent from Germany to safety in England in 1939. His parents were killed in Auschwitz in 1942. In England Frank became a student at the Bunce Court School in Kent and then moved to London in 1947. He took art classes at the Borough Polytechnic, St Martin's School of Art and the Royal College of Art. From 1955, Auerbach began teaching in secondary schools and art schools. His first solo exhibition was held in 1956 at the Beaux Arts Gallery in London. London's Tate Britain organised a major retrospective of Auerbach's work during 2015 and 2016.