Bernard Rice was born in Innsbruck, Austria. He studied wood engraving, drawing and painting whilst at art school in Austria. Aged 19 he came to London to study at Westminster School of Art alongside the artists David Jones and Clifford Webb; and later at the Royal Academy Schools, London. He did not settle in England for long, moving to Yugoslavia in 1922, and spent much of his time travelling, and for ten years lived in Cairo teaching engraving and etching techniques. The artist frequently experimented with different woods, engraving on the cross section of soft wood blocks and often looked to the blocks themselves for inspiration. His best known works are the large and vigorous woodcuts based on the landscapes and villages of Bosnia.

Out of the Wood British Woodcuts and Wood Engravings 1890-1945, The British Council 1991