Alexa Meade X Ariana Grande collaboration

Ariana Grande’s music video collaboration with Alexa Meade – “God is a Woman” – is nominated by the MTV Video Music Award for Best Special Effects.

Alexa Meade worked together with a full team – among them director Dave Meyers, Producer Nathan Scherrer, VFX Mathematic Studio, and art co-conspirator Sheila Vand.

In Ariana Grande’s video #GIAW, the single off her album “Sweetener”, director Dave Meyers (known for his work with Kendrick Lamar and SZA) was assisted on set by artist Alexa Meade.

Alexa Meade X Ariana Grande Collaboration

Alexa Meade assisting Dave Meyers

Alexa Meade’s vision was to have Ariana Grande swim in a sea of pastel colors. Alexa was inspired by previous work she’s done with Sheila Vand. The colors of purple and the simplistic, yet detailed work put into this music video has not gone unrecognized by the public.

MTV Video Music Award 

Sebastian Maniscalco will host the event live from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on August 26, 2019. Performers include Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X, and many more.


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 do the opposite, 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.

Alexa Meade is available for corporate and private art installation projects and also gives lectures and keynote speeches. In corporate settings her work can be customized to incorporate attendees, who have opportunities to photograph themselves within the artwork, and post them for colleagues and friends through social media outlets.


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.