Born in Kiev, FSU in 1976, Cherkassky immigrated to Israel with her family at the age of 14 and is today one of its leading young artists, with a recent solo exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and a US debut exhibition described as a "knockout" in a New York Times review.
In her paintings and sculptures, Cherkassky critically deals with questions of individual and social identity, current events, the history of Jewish and Israeli culture, and the art world. Her various solo exhibitions made a provocative and sarcastic use of Jewish and Israeli taboos in order to incite a dialogue, bringing forgotten and denied issues to the foreground of both her artworks and the public discourse. During her early years in the Israeli art world Cherkassky collaborated with artist Ruth Nemet through four years of mutual creating and exhibiting by the duo “Ruthi and Zoya”. Later on she formed the “New Barbizon” collective together with four other female artists. In their realistic approach to painting and drawing, the five FSU born and educated artists, combine fine art academy learning processes and practices with the social and political context in which they operate.
Cherkassky currently lives and works in Ramat Gan and works in Tel Aviv, exhibiting both independently and with the “New Barbizon” in museums and galleries worldwide.