"Double Take"

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.

Her artwork has been exhibited at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, The Saatchi Gallery in London, the Grand Palais in Paris, and the United Nations building in New York City. She has been commissioned by MINI Cooper, Ralph Lauren, Sony, and Porsche. Alexa Meade has collaborated with world-renowned magician David Blaine and space-time researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Her TED Talk “Your Body is my Canvas,” has been viewed millions of times.

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.”

For fun, Alexa Meade and her boyfriend Chris Hughes are turning their Los Angeles apartment into an optical illusion wonderland dubbed the “Funhouse House,” replete with the planet’s tiniest disco in the breakfast nook and a spaceship in the bedroom closet. They have one cat and he is named “The Kids.”


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


The Art of VR, Sotheby's, New York, NY
Step Into the Frame: Instagram + Alexa Meade, Cannes Lions, Cannes, France
Maurice Lacroix, Baselworld, Basel, Switzerland
Color of Reality, Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen, CO
Brookfield Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Institut Pasteur, The United Nations Building, New York, NY
The Fader, Boom Basel, Miami, FL
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
Palacio de Hierro, Mexico City, Mexico
Color of Reality, collaboration with Jon Boogz, Lil Buck, and Animi.Design

Freedom Awards Ceremony, National Civil Rights Museum
Dance on Camera, Official Selection, Lincoln Center
Best Experimental Short FilmToronto International Short Film Festival
Flux Series, The Hammer Museum
Art as Impact AwardCNN Great Big Story

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
PopTech, Camden, ME
Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen, CO
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Q Symposium: Peace and Security in a Quantum Age, Sydney, AUS
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
Academy of Magical Arts, Los Angeles, CA
NYU, New York, NY
Apple, Cupertino, 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


"Meet the Body Painting Artist Disrupting Portraiture," by Kara Weisenstein, VICE
"Front Page Femmes," National Museum of Women in the Arts
"This Artist Transforms Real-Life People into Paintings," Elle Decor (India)
"Quando l'opera d'arte respira: le installazioni di Alexa Meade," Reppublica (Italy)
"Seeing More Dimensions -- in Color, and Life," Robin Rootenberg, 24Life
"Hypnotic, perspective-bending body art film brings painted portraits to life," Design Boom

"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,” TED.com
“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," Juxtapoz.com
"Wie gemalt: Alexa Meade Verwandelt Objekte in Malerei," Vogue Magazine (Germany)

"Alexa Meade: Photos Imitate Paintings," Yahoo! News
"You’ve Got Alexa Meade," AOL.com
"Her Art Asks: Can You Believe Your Eyes?" MSNBC.com
"Alexa Meade's Living Paintings," The Guardian (UK)
"…More Must-Read Art News," ArtInfo.com
"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," MSN.com
"Alexa Meade’s Human Canvases," Slate.com
"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," USAToday.com
"A Portrait of a Portrait of a Portrait," ArtSlant.com
"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