Born in 1927 in Volnovakha, Donetsk region.
In 1944 Fyodor Zaitsev began service in the Soviet Navy. Participated in the war with Japan.
In 1951, he was demobilized and joined the Voroshilovgrad art College, Department of sculpture and graduated in 1956 after he was sent to the Zaporozhye Association of artists, where one is constantly working and exhibiting in regional and Republican exhibitions.
In 1970 he was admitted to the Union of artists.