Alexa Meade


Alexa Meade is a Los Angeles based artist best known for her portraits painted on the human body that turn real life people into seemingly 2D works of art. She has had exhibits 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 art has been in exhibitions also featuring the work of Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, and Banksy. Her work has received critical acclaim from CNN, WIRED, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, and The Guardian. Images of her art are being used to illustrate forthcoming manuscripts by philosophers Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou. Her work is being written into art history textbooks around the world. She has given lectures at the California Institute of the Arts, UC-Berkeley, National Geographic London, Adobe, WIRED, and the TED Global Conference. Her TED talk “Your Body is my Canvas,” has been viewed over 2 million times. Mercedes-Benz, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, and MINI Cooper have commissioned Alexa to create art installations around the world. Her portrait subjects include such individuals of note as triple-Grammy Award winner Gotye. 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 side projects include turning her garage into a camera obscura theater, designing tessellating shape tiles, and making a jigsaw puzzle for the blind.