Lerman studied as an undergraduate at the Odessa School of Art and the Professional School of Mosaics and Woodcarving. He received an M.F.A. from the Moukhina College of Art and Design in St. Petersburg, and has taught in the U.S. at the University of the Arts, New York University, Brooklyn College, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Art Students League and the Sculpture Center. He has completed a number of sculptures in public parks and gardens in Odessa, a monumental war memorial in Kazakhstan and many commissions for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A recipient of the James Wilburt Johnston Sculpture Award, his work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at the Duke University Museum of Art, the Riskin-Sinow Gallery in San Francisco and the McKee Gallery in New York City, where he is represented.