Born in Leeds to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents Barnet Naviasky (born Berel Neviazhsky) and Fanny (née Levinson), he won a scholarship to the Leeds School of Fine Arts in 1907. In 1912, he was the youngest ever student accepted into the Royal Academy school. He went on to win a Royal Exhibition award and to study at the Royal College of Art, after which he spent his career in Leeds as an artist and art teacher at Leeds College of Art.
- England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
- "Art Exhibitions: Mr. Philip Naviasky". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 26 March 1927. p. 10.
- "Naviasky Historical Art Work Adorns Donisthorpe's Walls - Donisthorpe". Donisthorpe. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
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