A California artist Alexa Meade is turning people into paintings.
I paint directly on top of live models to create the illusion that real-life people are inside the world of a 2D painting.
Meade has exhibited her live installations and photo prints at the Saatchi Gallery in London, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in DC, Ivo Kamm Gallerie in Switzerland, and Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography in Germany.
Mercedes-Benz, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, and MINI Cooper commissioned her to create large-scale live installation experiences in public spaces in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Madrid. Her portrait subjects include such individuals of note as triple-Grammy Award winner Gotye.
She has given lectures at CalArts, UC-Berkeley, National Geographic London, Adobe, and WIRED. Her TED Talk titled “Your Body Is My Canvas” has been viewed over 2 million times.
Meade’s artwork has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The London Telegraph, The Guardian, CNN, The Today Show, Al Jazeera, Nippon Television, NPR, NY Arts Magazine, Slate, Juxtapoz Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Details Magazine, Esquire Magazine, and Italian 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. Other passion projects include turning her garage into a camera obscura theater, designing tessellating shape tiles, and making a jigsaw puzzle for the blind.