Melissa Zexter was born in Rhode Island and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Photography from New York University/International Center of Photography,
For many years Zexter has combined the slow and meditative process of hand-sewn embroidery with the technologically more immediate medium of photography. Her portraits and figurative work explore identity and representations of femininity. She also continues to photograph people, using both traditional black and white techniques and digital processes.
She has exhibited throughout the United States including shows at Muriel Guepin Gallery, NYC, Blank Space, NYC, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York, Hallspace Gallery in Boston, MA, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Creiger Dane Gallery.Her work has been published and reviewed in numerous publications including AfterImage, ELEPHANT, The New York Times, The Boston Herald, Time Out Chicago, The New Yorker, Art New England, The Village Voice, and New York Magazine
She has taught photography in New York at Cooper Union, Alfred University, The New School, and Long Island University. She currently teaches at The Dalton School in NYC.