Ruth Tesmar was born in 1951 in Potsdam (Brandenburg). From 1969 to 1973 she studied art education at the Humboldt University in East Berlin and gained a doc­torate. She studied painting and graphic art at the Weissensee University of the Arts in East Berlin from 1983 to 1986 under Dieter Goltzsche. From 1993 to 2016 she was a professor and head of the Seminar for Artistic and Aesthetic Practice at the Hum­boldt University in Berlin. In the 1990s she designed stage sets. Tesmar lives and works in Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern).