Alexa Meade is an American artist best known for inventing a new approach to portraiture. She 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. 

She has exhibited her work at the Grand Palais in Paris, United Nations Building in NYC, Saatchi Gallery in London, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in DC, and David Lynch's nightclub Silencio in Paris. She is Artist in Residence at The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and a collaborator of world-renowned magician David Blaine.

She has been commissioned to create artwork for MINI Cooper, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, Sony, and Porsche. Alexa has given lectures at Apple, Singularity University, WIRED, UC-Berkeley, and National Geographic London. Her TED Talk entitled “Your Body Is My Canvas” has been viewed over 2.5 million times. 

Alexa's artwork has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian, Nippon Television, VICE, Refinery29, Slate, Nowness, Glamour Magazine, Details Magazine, Esquire Magazine, and Elle Magazine.

Jay-Z’s Life & Times made a video about Alexa’s creative process that also captured a sneak peek at one of her side projects: transforming her Los Angeles home into a Funhouse with boyfriend Chris Hughes. 

On Tuesday afternoons, Alexa volunteer teaches in an art class for the blind and visually impaired at the Braille Institute of America.


1986 Born in Washington, DC
2009 B.A. in Political Science, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY


Flux Series, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Institut Pasteur, The United Nations Building, New York, NY
The Fader, Boom Basel, Miami, FL
Freedom Awards Ceremony, The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN
Premiéres, Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Munich, Germany
Meade MuseumLincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL
Satellite Spirit, Espace Marais Marais, Paris, France
Self-Reflection, The Untitled Space Gallery, New York, NY
Color Of Reality, Standard Vision, Los Angeles, CA
Palacio de Hierro, Mexico City, Mexico
Stroke Art Fair, Munich, Germany

Art Paris Art FairGrand Palais des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
Le Pressionnisme 1970 - 1990, les chefs-d’œuvre du graffiti sur toile de Basquiat à Bando, Pinacothèque de 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
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
"Art Performance: Alexa Meade," Silencio, Paris, France

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


TEDGlobal, Edinburgh, UK
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Q Symposium: Peace and Security in a Quantum Age, University of Sydney, AUS
Apple, Cupertino, CA
Adobe, San Francisco, CA
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
University of California – Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada
National Geographic, London, UK
Singularity University Global Summit, San Francisco, CA
WIRED Conference, London, UK
TEDxLondonBusinessSchool, London, UK
Social Innovation Summit, Silicon Valley, CA
Academy of Magical Arts, Los Angeles, CA
The Future of Storytelling, New York, NY


Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada
Summit at Sea, International Waters of the Earth
Walmer, Punta Del Este, Uruguay
Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
Memrise, London, UK
Summit Series, Eden, UT


"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

"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