Ophrah Shemesh was born in Israel and has resided in New York City since 1979. She now spends part of the year in Sicily.

She studied at The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and the New York Studio School, and was research assistant to art historian, Meyer Schapiro.

Shemesh’s solo exhibitions include, Galleria Philippe Daverio (Milan, 1992), Galleria S.A.L.E.S (Rome,1995), Mario Diacono (Boston 1995), Guy McIntyre (New York, 1997), Baumgartner (New York, 2002), Stephen Wirtz (San Francisco, 2003), Freight & Volume (New York, 2008), and Boundless (New York, 2017).