Ladislav was born in Czechoslovakia in 1961. He immigrated with his family to the United States in 1968 eventually settling in Baltimore. Czernek showed an early aptitude for working with his hands and began building things at a young age. At 15 he and his friend built hand-made wooden boats to sail in the Chesapeake Bay. As an adult, he attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where he majored in sculpture/painting. After graduation he moved to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn where he started his cabinet making business Epoche Studios. In 1999, he launched his Plank line of furniture at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. He is currently producing studio art furniture with some pieces in limited editions.