Gabriel Florenz was born in Berkeley, California and raised in central Mexico. He was trained as an artist focused on sculptural techniques including glass-working and ceramics; later, he shared and managed glass studios in Oakland, California while studying art. In 2009, he moved to New York City and became Director of Operations for the studio of artist Dustin Yellin. Subsequently, in 2011 he led the renovation and redesign of the century-old building that once housed Pioneer Iron Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 2012, he helped found Pioneer Works leading its development into a nonprofit and the formation of its various departments. Florenz is currently the Founding Artistic Director and Lead Curator of Pioneer Works.