Alexa Meade returns to Stanford University

Alexa Meade returns to Stanford University to give a talk at “Celebration of Mind,” an event celebrating the intersection of math, art, and magic.

Alexa Meade is unlike any other artist; she paints on people, turning them into living, breathing portraits. Meade creates the illusion of a world where 2D and 3D become one. She has many examples of mathematically inspired work building on ideas of illusion, patterns, and self-reference.

Celebration of Mind

The Celebration of Mind at Stanford includes an artist, a magician, and a mathematician, who will lead an aesthetically and delightfully entertaining evening of performances in a lively and lightly mathematical setting. Martin Gardner was considered one of the preeminent magicians of the 20th century, an expert on Lewis Carroll, a champion puzzler, and the creator of recreational mathematics. Every year, mathematicians, magicians, and artists gather from around the country for Celebration of Mind to play, perform, and provoke the pleasures of mathematics, perception, and illusion— in the spirit of Martin Gardner.

The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday October 19, 7:30pm – 9:00pm. CEMEX Auditorium, GSB Knight Management Center, Stanford, CA 94305


Alexa Meade is a mixed media artist best known for her portraits painted on the human body and set against painted backgrounds, that turn real life people into seemingly 2D works of art.

She takes a classical concept — trompe l’oeil, the art of making a two-dimensional representation look three-dimensional—and works in an opposite direction. Her aim is to collapse depth and make her living models into flat pictures. The result is walking, talking optical illusions, 3D paintings that confuse how the eye processes objects in space.


In corporate event settings her work can be customized to incorporate attendees, who have opportunities to photograph themselves within the artwork, and post photos for colleagues and friends through social media outlets. Alexa Meade is available for bookings for corporate, private and non-ticketed events, as well as marketing and ad campaigns, festivals, public spectacles, and private commissions for select VIP’s. Alexa is also available for select speaking engagements based upon her TED talk “Your Body is my Canvas”.


Within the art world, Alexa’s art has been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in DC, Postmasters Gallery in NYC, and Galerie Ivo Kamm in Zurich, Galerie Ingo Seufert in Germany, and Galerie Edouard Mazel in Brussels. Alexa has delivered keynote speeches about her work at the Wired Conference, National Geographic, and TEDGlobal.

Alexa’s 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, WIRED, and the TED Global Conference. Her TED talk “Your Body is my Canvas,” has been viewed millions of times. She worked with space-time researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and has also painted portraits of many individuals of note, including triple Grammy Award winner Gotye. Alexa’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, Today Show, Nippon TV, BBC, Guardian, and hundreds of other media outlets around the world.


Alexa has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. The short film Color of Reality was granted the “Art as Impact Award” by CNN and was included in the National Civil Rights Museum’s “Freedom Awards Ceremony.”

Alexa was honored with the “Disruptive Innovation Award” by The Tribeca Film Festival. She accepted an invitation to the White House under President Barack Obama and she has twice achieved the coveted #1 spot on, “The Frontpage of the Internet.”