Alexandria Smith was born in the Bronx and raised in New Rochelle, New York. She received her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and her MA in Art Education from New York University. Upon graduating from NYU, Smith became an Art Teacher in Harlem for three years. In 2008, she left teaching to satisfy her yearning to develop her artistic identity and received her MFA from Parsons, The New School for Design in 2010. In 2011, she was awarded the Rush Arts Gallery Summer Residency, which culminated in her first solo exhibition. That same year, she was also awarded the yearlong BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. Recently, she was published in the Stone Canoe Journal and received the Hedy and Michael Fawcett Prize for Visual Arts. Smith lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.