Your Body is My Canvas by Alexa Meade

Alexa Meade is a Los Angeles-based artist who is known for her portraits painted on the human body, making people into seemingly 2-D works of art. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and received critical acclaim from CNN, Wired, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and more. She has lectured at the California Institute of the Arts, UC-Berkeley, Apple, Adobe, and National Geographic London. Her TED Global talk “Your Body is my Canvas,” has been viewed over 2 million times.

Growing up in Washington D.C., I originally carved out a neat path in the life of politics. I interned on Capitol Hill and worked for the 2008 Obama campaign in Colorado as a press staffer. After graduating from Vassar College with Honors in Political Science, I decided that what I really wanted to be was an artist. I had a simple idea to put black paint over natural shadows, which evolved into something much larger. By painting the mapping of light directly on top of a 3D space, I was able to create the illusion that the world was a 2D painting. I travel the world creating art installations and commissioned portraits.

Video below shows Alexa's process of creation. Amazing!

All photos by Alexa Meade