Alexa Meade applies paint directly to models and the surrounding scene, creating the illusion that real ­life people and places are inside the world of a 2D painting.


Alexa has exhibited her art at the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Saatchi Gallery in London, Galerie Ivo Kamm in Zürich, Palacio De Hierro in Mexico City, Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, The Lincoln Center in New York City, The United Nations building, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.


She has been commissioned by Porsche, Sony, Instagram, and MINI Cooper. She has modeled for Ralph Lauren and 24 Hour Fitness. Alexa has collaborated with triple-Grammy Award winner Gotye, world-renowned magician David Blaine, and space-time researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.


Alexa has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. The short film Color of Reality was granted the “Art as Impact Award” by CNN and was included in the National Civil Rights Museum’s “Freedom Awards Ceremony.” Alexa was honored with the “Disruptive Innovation Award” by The Tribeca Film Festival. She accepted an invitation to the White House under President Barack Obama.


She has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vice, Vogue, WIRED, and Refinery29. She has twice achieved the coveted #1 spot on, “The Frontpage of the Internet.” Her TED Talk “Your Body is my Canvas,” has millions of views. Alexa is making history, quite literally – being written into art history textbooks around the world.



“Euphoria” SoundBox, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco, CA
The Art of Transformation BASF, Kulturhaus, Schwarzheide, Germany
Color of Reality, Vérone, Saint-Denis, France
The Art of VR, Sotheby’s, New York, NY
Step into the Frame, Instagram, Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, São Paulo, Brazil
Wander and Wonder, Instagram, Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Cannes, France
Maurice Lacroix, Baselworld, Basel, Switzerland
Color of Reality, Galerie Tem, Goviller, France
Color of Reality, Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen, CO
Green Earth, Brookfield Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Become the Masterpiece, Refinery29, 29Rooms
Brooklyn, NY
Los Angeles, CA

The Fader, Boom Basel, Miami, FL
Premiéres (Solo), Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Munich, Germany
Freedom Awards Ceremony, National Civil Rights Museum, Nashville, TN
Dance on Camera, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Flux Series, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Meade Museum (Solo), Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL
Satellite Spirit, Espace Marais Marais, Paris, France
Pasteur Institut, United Nations Building, New York, NY
Self-Reflection, The Untitled Space Gallery, New York, NY
Color of Reality, Summit at Sea, Miami, FL
Whow, PopTech, Camden, ME
Palacio de Hierro, Mexico City, Mexico
Art Munich Art Fair, Munich, Germany
Stroke Art Fair, Munich, Germany

Le Pressionnisme 1970 – 1990, les chefs-d’œuvre du graffiti sur toile de Basquiat à Bando, Pinacothèque de Paris, Paris, France
After Dark Illusions, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
Alexa Meade: A Colloquium Exploring the Dimensions of Space, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada
Alexa Meade: Your Body Is My Canvas (Solo), Galerie Sisso, Paris, France
Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris France
Alexa Meade: Living Colors (Solo), Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Luxembourg
12.6.15-12.6.14, Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Munich, Germany
Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture, The Bridges Organization, Baltimore, MD

Alexa Meade: Surfaces & Depths (Solo), Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Munich, Germany
Project Warehouse, Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply
Santa Monica, CA
Madrid, Spain
Toronto, Canada

NOT NORMAL, MINI Cooper, Shibuya 109, Tokyo, Japan
Intro15, Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Munich, Germany
Alexa Meade + Sheila Vand: MILK, Bijou Theater Artisphere, Arlington, VA

Camera-Ready Color, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Performing the Body, Galerie Ivo Kamm, Zürich, Switzerland

Kunst 11, Galerie Ivo Kamm, Zürich, Switzerland
You Are Here, Dorian Grey Gallery, New York, NY
Artist Tribute Exhibition 2, Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC
Saturnalia, Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC

The Art of Giving, Saatchi Gallery, London
Picture Planes (Two-person exhibition), Irvine Contemporary, DC
Mirror, Mirror, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY



“The good news: Refinery 29’s popular 29 Rooms hits DTLA Thursday. The bad news: It’s sold out,” by Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times
“Turning the page with artist innovator Alexa Meade,” by Robin Rootenberg, 24 Life
“29Rooms Is What Happens When the Museum of Ice Cream Moves to Brooklyn and Enrolls in Art School,” by Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine
“29Rooms Is a Creative Playhouse for the Instagram Set,” by Melena Ryzik, New York Times
“Peek Inside 29Rooms, Refinery29’s Kaleidoscopic Experience,” by Alysia Gray Painter, NBC
“How Activism Can Advocate for Art,” by Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic
“This Artist Transforms Real-Life People into Paintings,” Elle Decor
“Meet the Body Painting Artist Disrupting Portraiture,” by Kara Weisenstein, VICE

“Mixing Paint and Dance to Comment on Justice and Art,” by Gia Kourlas, printed on C5, The New York Times
“Alexa Meade Art Makes Photography Magic,” CNN
“Understanding the Hidden Dimensions of Modern Physics Through the Arts,” The Wire
“Painting Reality on Top of Reality Makes You Question Reality,” by Diana Shi, VICE
“The Peace and Security Implications of Quantum Innovation,” SPSS Review
“Quantum Leap,” by Taylor Owen, Foreign Affairs
The Official TED Guide to Public Speakingby Chris Anderson, TED
“Living Portraits – Or When Art Imitates Life,” by Helene Laub, Porsche
“These Women Artists Are Their Own Damn Muses,” by Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post
“Watch Artist Alexa Meade Literally Bring Art To Life” by Laura Delarato, Refinery 29
“This Artist Transforms Humans Into Paintings,” New York Magazine
“The 50 Best TED Talks Ever Given,” WNYC
“Incredible Paintings That Actually Breathe,” CNN
“And the winner of this year’s Dance Your Ph.D. contest is …” Science Magazine
“Daily Planet: Alexa Meade,” Discovery Channel
“Nowness Picks,” Nowness

Funhouse House:
“Artist Alexa Meade’s House is Giving Us Hardcore Apartment Goals” by Laura Delarato, Refinery 29
“A Couple Turned Their Echo Park Home Into a Funhouse” by Peter Holderness, LA Weekly
“Astronauts Wanted Launches Transmedia Incubator” by Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter
“An artist and a hacker turned their home into this trippy funhouse” by Chris Weller, Tech Insider
“LA Couple Turns Their Home Into The Funhouse House” by Lourdes Linares, WGSN
“Enter the Funhouse,” Atlas Obscura

This Artist Painted Physicists Into a 3D Living Chalkboard,” by Jennifer Ouellette, Gizmodo
The Living Chalkboard,” by Colin Hunter, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
“Artist Alexa Meade Uses People as Canvas,” by Jaimie Wax, CBS This Morning
This Artist Makes Humans Look Like Wall Art,” by Charles Clark, Business Insider
“Artist Shows Off Her Talents by Painting on People,” SF Globe
“Illusions in Progress: The Paintings of Alexa Meade,” Time Out San Francisco
“Alexa Meade,” by Tina Essmaker, The Great Discontent
“2D-Künstlerin Alexa Meade,” by Anna-Lena Roth, Spiegel (Germany)
“Optishe Täushung Deluxe,” Taff ProSieben (Germany)
“Los Trazos de la Moda,” El Mundo (Spain)
“L’Illusion D’Optique à Bas Coût,” Arte TV (France)
“Meet Alexa Meade, she will turn you into a painting” by Mihika Jindal, The Sunday Guardian (India)

“Alexa Meade, la auténtica artista tridimensional,” Esquire (Spain)
“People-painter turns tables on illusion,” by Natalie Angley, CNN
“Mind-Warping Photos Turn Subjects Into 2-D Paintings,” by Doug Bierend, WIRED
“Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren x Alexa Meade: Art Meets Fashion,” Nylon Magazine
“Arte y Moda: La retratista Alexa Meade y Ralph Lauren revolucionan las calles,” p. 258, Vogue (Spain)
“Alexa Meade: Entre El Arte y la moda,” pp. 166-169, Glamour Magazine (Spain)
“We Painted a Bunch of Models for Our Fall Fashion Story…” pp. 206-213, Details
“Painter,” pp. 32, 326-333, GQ (Korea)
“Off the Wall – Alexa Meade,” JAY Z’s Life & Times

“TED Talk: Alexa Meade: Your body is my canvas,”
“TEDweekends: Art Beyond the canvas,” Huffington Post
“Watch Alexa Meade,” by Liat Clark, WIRED
“Alexa Meade Highlight,” Last Call with Carson Daly
“Alexa Meade’s living paintings,” London Telegraph

“Picture of the Day,” by David Sim, London Telegraph
“Alexa Meade and Sheila Vand’s Milk: what will you make of me?” Juxtapoz Magazine
“Why artist Alexa Meade submerged her human subjects in milk,” by Liat Clark, WIRED Magazine
“Alexa Meade’s Incredible Painted Photographs,” by Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post
“The Artist in Action,” p. A19, by Nell Alk, The Wall Street Journal
“Paintings In (Really) Living Color,” by Adam Cole, NPR
“Alexa Meade @ The National Portrait Gallery Museum,”
“Wie gemalt: Alexa Meade Verwandelt Objekte in Malerei,” Vogue Magazine (Germany)

“Alexa Meade: Photos Imitate Paintings,” Yahoo! News
“You’ve Got Alexa Meade,”
“Her Art Asks: Can You Believe Your Eyes?”
“Alexa Meade’s Living Paintings,” The Guardian (UK)
“…More Must-Read Art News,”
“Art Renews Itself by Innovation,” Times of India
“Die Künstlerin und ihr Werk,” Spiegel (Germany)
“L’uomo-Quadro,” Corriere Della Sera (Italy)
“Ritratti Viventi di Alexa Meade,” Repubblica (Italy)
“How’d they Do That? A Painting That Walks,”
“Alexa Meade’s Human Canvases,”
“Lebende Gemälde,” Galileo ProSieben (Germany)
“El Vivo Retrato,” pp. 210-215, ELLE (Mexico)
“Models are Both Subject and Painting Surface,” PBS NewsHour
Doppelganger: Images of the Human Being, Berlin: Die Gestalten Verlag, 2011.
“Living Art: Alexa Meade,” pp. 102-103, NY Arts Magazine

“Alexa Meade” pp. 38-39, American Contemporary Art Magazine
“Ritratti Viventi,” pp. 341-344, ELLE Magazine (Italy)
“See Alexa Meade Create,” NYMag Vulture
“He’s No Oil Painting,” p. 55, WIRED Magazine
“Alexa Meade,” pp. 24-25, Juxtapoz Magazine
“Alexa Meade: Acrylic On People,”
“A Portrait of a Portrait of a Portrait,”
“Los ‘Cuadros Vivientes’ de Alexa Meade,” El Mundo (Spain)
“Canvas with Personality: Artist Paints Using People,” Today Show
“Flesh Perspective: Alexa Meade” pp. C1, C10, The Washington Post
“The artist who turns people into paintings,” CNN



TEDGlobal, Edinburgh, UK
Q Symposium: Peace and Security in a Quantum Age, University of Sydney, AUS
Apple, Cupertino, CA
Adobe, San Francisco, CA
The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
University of California – Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
National Geographic, London, UK
WIRED 2012 Conference, London, UK
TEDxLondonBusinessSchool, London, UK
PopTech, Camden, ME
Social Innovation Summit, Silicon Valley, CA


Tribeca Film Festival, Disruptive Innovation Award
CNN Great Big Story, Art as Impact Award
Neural Correlate Society, Judge, Best Optical Illusion of the Year
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Artist-in-Residence
Summit Series, Artist-in-Residence
South by South Lawn, Invitation to the Obama White House
Toronto International Film Festival, Best Experimental Short Film