Alexa Meade’s living paintings

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Written by Valentina Romano

Alexa Meade is a Los Angeles based artist who has been recently capturing the world’s attention with her incredible artworks.

Indeed, the 28 years old American painter is known for her “peculiar” portraits on human bodies. Instead of making people’s portraits on canvas, Alexa makes paintings on people.


I know this might sound completely wrong and it doesn’t really make sense, but what Alexa actually does is making people look like real paintings. By painting on people’s body, she manages to turn real life into seemingly 2D works of art.


After graduating from Vassar College in Political Science, Alexa taught herself how to paint. As she never went to art school, her skills and talent were – and still are – innate.

Alexa’s aim is to make her living models look like flat pictures, getting rid of the 3 dimensions. To make her artworks, she does the exact opposite of the “trompe l’oeil” technique, which makes a two-dimensional representation look three-dimensional. Indeed, as mentioned above, she gets rid of depth making 3d living figures look like a canvas.


To better understand her work you should actually have a look at the photos capturing her masterpieces.

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Thanks to her incredible creations, Alexa exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in DC, Postmasters Gallery in New York City, Galerie Ivo Kamm in Switzerland, and Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography in Germany.

Her works are wonderful, strange and fascinating in that they are unique, eccentric and original, and no one else, but her, can actually create such art.

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