Leonid Lerman was born in Odessa, Russia, where he studied drawing and sculpture at the Odessa School of Art and the Professional School of Mosaics and Woodcarving. He received his M.F.A. from the Mukhina College of Art and Design in Leningrad in 1979, and emigrated to New York during the following year. In 1981, he received the James Wilburt Johnston Sculpture Award in Washington, DC.
Before leaving Russia, he was commissioned to create wooden sculptures in public parks and gardens in Odessa, Ukraine, and a monumental war memorial in Kazakhstan, formerly a Soviet republic.
His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, including On the Edge: the Sculpture of Leonid Lerman at Duke University Museum of Art in 1988, Modernism in San Francisco, and Ronchini Arte Contemporanea, Terni, Italy. He has also exhibited in the Freedman Gallery at Albright College for the Arts, Reading, Pennsylvania; the White Space Gallery, London; the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg; and the Museum of Fine Art, Houston.
Mr. Lerman’s teaching experience includes New York Sculpture Center; University of Art, Philadelphia; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; New York University; Fashion Institute of Technology, New York; and International School of Art, Umbria, Italy. In addition to the Art Students League of New York, Mr. Lerman teaches drawing and sculpture at the New York Academy of Art and the New York Studio School, and he is a visiting professor at the Vermont Studio Center. He is represented by McKee Gallery (New York, NY) and John Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY).