Alexa Meade’s painting are unlike any other. Not because of the paint or even the style, but because of the canvas. Alexa paints directly onto people and 3D objects from real life in order to create incredible optical illusions. And they are stunning.
“I paint directly on top of live models to create the illusion that real-life people are inside the world of a 2D painting.” Alexa writes on her Facebook page. The 30 year old genius became a professional artist in 2009, teaching herself how to paint. Since then, she’s been inventing and perfecting her signature style.
Alexa paints her portraits “directly onto the human body and inanimate objects in a way that collapses depth and makes her models appear two-dimensional when photographed.” says her Wikipedia page. “What remains is ‘a photo of a painting of a person, and the real person hidden somewhere underneath.'”
“She takes a classical concept – trompe l’oeil, the art of making a two-dimensional representational painting look like a real three-dimensional space – and turns it on its head by doing the opposite, making real life appear to be a painting.”
Alexa’s art has been featured around the world in museums such as the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in D.C. and the Grand Palais in Paris. She was even commissioned by Mini Cooper to paint a Cooper and a live model at the famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo.
Check out the video below for more of her work and for a behind-the-scenes look at how Alexa creates these amazing live paintings!
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