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Alexa Meade’s work may look like something you would see hanging on the wall in an art gallery, but Meade isn’t like any other artist. The artist’s work is different in that she literally paints human beings, turning them into living, breathing portraits. Alexa creates the illusion of a world where 2D and 3D have become one.

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Ariana Grande x Alexa Meade

Some of the most gorgeous imagery in Ariana Grande’s “God Is a Woman” video exists in scenes in which the pop star floats in a swirling pool of pink, blue, and purple paint, wearing nothing but a few strokes of those same paint colors.


Ariana Grande was body painted by Alexa Meade for her music video God Is a Woman. The concept was inspired by the Alexa//Sheila milk painting series.


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Living Art

At a glance it looks like a richly-colored painting, but pause for a moment and look closer. You’ll quickly find yourself immersed in a piece that’s part painting, part photograph, part video and part performance art. It’s alive, figuratively and literally, with color, vibrance, subtle motion and detail.


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Meet Alexa


While other artists have spent the past 500 years perfecting methods for portraying depth on flat surfaces, she has gone in the opposite direction by developing techniques that allow her to paint three-dimensional objects, including people, in ways that make them look for all the world like flat canvases.

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In 2009, while finishing her degree in political science, Alexa had an idea for an art project: what would it look like if she put black paint down on top of shadows? This question took her down a rabbit hole of experiments with painting on and people and objects that led her to develop an optical illusion for turning three-dimensional spaces into what appeared to be two-dimensional paintings. Since then, it has led her to some very unexpected places.
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Alexa Meade’s artwork has been exhibited at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Grand Palais, The United Nations building and The Lincoln Center. She has been commissioned by MINI Cooper, Ralph Lauren, Sony, and Porsche. Alexa has collaborated with magician David Blaine, dancer Lil Buck, and space­time researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Her TED Talk “Your Body is my Canvas,” has been viewed by millions.

 Your Body is My Canvas


Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it–literally. She covers everything in a scene–people, chairs, food, you name it–in a mask of paint that mimics what’s below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk. This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

Color of Reality

The critically ­acclaimed short film “Color of Reality” brings together Alexa Meade’s painting style with the movement artistry of Jon Boogz and Lil Buck to tell a story about gun violence and racial tensions in American society. It was part of the National Civil Rights Museum “Freedom Awards Ceremony,” screened at the Lincoln Center, and honored by CNN Great Big Story’s “Art as Impact Award.”


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