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.”
Website – Alexameade.com
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