Zoe Longfield was born in 1924 in San Francisco, California to Russian immigrants. Longfield grew up an artistic child who drew and painted many subjects, both from her environment and her imagination. Longfield attended the University of California, Berkeley from 1941 to 1944 where she studied with Margaret Peterson and John Haley. After the war she attended the California School of Fine Art from 1947 to 1949 where she was one of the few women alongside fellow students Edward Dugmore, Ernest Briggs, and Frank Lobdell. She was one of only three abstract women artists who were admitted to Clyfford Still’s body of students at the cooperative Metart Galleries in San Francisco in 1949. Longfield gained early and important recognition for her abstract expressionist work that was among the most mature of the San Francisco artists in 1949 and 1950. Her works have been exhibited at the Crocker Art Museum, Laguana Art Museum, Fresno Art Museum, and Monterey Museum of Art.