Gerbi Tsesarskaia was born in Zsitomir, Ukraine. After graduating from the Marine Technical University of St. Petersburg in 1980 with an MS in Mechanical Engineering, she worked as an electrical engineer at "Elektrosila" Research Institute for four years. In 1985, Tsesarskaia moved to Budapest, Hungary, got married, and made a sharp turn in her career. After learning Hungarian, she worked first as an art books seller, then later as a translator-interpreter, as well as a marionette puppet maker at the Budapest National Puppet Theater. In 1990, she moved to Florida. In 1994, she joined the Ceramic League of Miami. At the CLM, she first took (then later taught) courses in wheel throwing. In 2002, she was accepted to the graduate program at Florida Atlantic University and graduated with an MFA in ceramics in 2005. After a brief period of teaching at FAU, she moved her studio to the Bakehouse Art Complex, where she currently works as an independent artist. Since August 2009, she has been teaching ceramics courses at the University of Miami and at Miami International University of Art and Design as an adjunct instructor. Gerbi Tsesarskaia has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, including two world competitions in Korea and Romania, where she has work in museum collections.