Hyper-Realistic Acrylic Body Painting


When Suzanne Green pointed me to this gallery, at first I thought “Nothing special, must be Photoshopped“. But Alexa Meade is an artist who thinks completely backwards! Most artists use acrylic paints to create portraits of people on canvas, while Alexa applied acrylic paints on her subjects, and made them appear to be part of a painting! Meade is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC area. Her innovative use of paint on the three dimensional surfaces of found objects, live models, and architectural spaces has been incorporated into a series of installations that create a perceptual shift in how we experience and interpret spatial relationships. In weeks to come, I will prepare more of her galleries for you to enjoy!

Alexa Meade - Hyper-Realistic Optical Illusion 1
Alexa Meade - Hyper-Realistic Optical Illusion 2
Alexa Meade - Hyper-Realistic Optical Illusion 3
Alexa Meade - Hyper-Realistic Optical Illusion 4

  • Thanos


  • Wow, really great!
    Could not even see it’s a real man after i took a closer look (except the picture at the end: The hands were not coloured there, were they?)
    Very fascinating!

  • skylark

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  • Care Bear

    For the first time in a long time I am at a loss for words.

  • Blizzard4800

    so is he a rely person that looks fake?

  • Diego

    OMG!!! That just blow my mind…. i can’t belive is not photoshop… it looks so real…. i love it

    • Joseph

      So do you realize what you just said?

      “i can’t belive is not photoshop… it looks so real”

      So we live in an age where something must be photoshopped for it to look real, otherwise that real-life stuff just looks too fake.

  • Snooba

    wow this is so cool. i thought he looked like a person drawn in a book!

  • monkeyflesh

    You mean, That’s a REAL guy?!

  • watever


  • Simon

    That is very impressive…!

  • Detective Kitty

    amazing!!! it really does look like he’s a portrait. especially in the last two…splendid…

  • trainfog

    this is called non-photorealistic..

  • I’M almost at a loss for words! It’s fantastic, I had to look at them for several minutes to realize it was a real man under the paint. Please keep them coming, they are a true pleasure in illusion art.

  • love it! So creative and original! Hard to believe that it’s a real person!

  • Kayleah

    This is complete bullshit, there is a serious problem with the lighting and this is obviously photoshopped.

  • Awesome. I like the man in the second picture staring at him…

  • Callie May

    I love this! its awesome! The guy in the 2 photo looking at the painted man looks hilarious

  • ricardux XD

    It seemed that he was not a real man.

  • stenest


  • Goeny

    This is really great!
    I had to look about 5 times before i realized it is a real guy.
    Very funny you thought it was photoshopped when you watch the first picture closely.
    The ads in the train are actually from Adobe.
    “Adobe opens up Washington”.

  • perfectionism,new approach to day contemporary art.I like so much the character of the man who was standing against the wall with putting his hand behind on his back.

  • user

    how is it possible that the position auf the camera is changing in the last two pics?

    how is it possible that u see less from the shirt in the last pic compared to the one above?

    it must be a real, painted jacket etc. i wouldnt call it bodypainting. maybe bodyart.

  • SkinnytheSkinner

    incredible… wow… that’s awesome!

  • Jupiter

    I wish I could see a before and after of the man. His hands are real but I still cannot see a real person under paint.

  • WIll

    This is amazing! You can tell it’s real due to the fact that his hands nor his camera were painted for the last two pictures.

  • Merry

    So many extremely talented people in this world – wish I was one of them. Whether it is photoshopped or real paintwork it is the work of someone extremely talented. I wish I could master either technique to this extent!

  • jesse barger

    so that is where tim leary has bin hiding ! awsome

  • Christina Tusiano

    That is AMAZING, i would have loved to see it in person!!I have to Google her and see where she displays her work and when on people where…

  • Sam Herwood

    That is so weird! I JUST stumbled upon these paintings on stumbleupon! Freaky coincidence…

  • “”her innovative use of paint on the three dimensional surfaces of found objects”” -> what doyou mean ? …

  • anonymous

    This is really cool! And one of the guys (not painted) looks a lot like my uncle…

  • Someone


  • franco bello

    wow i that is sooooo realistic!!!

  • me,myself,andi

    thats soo cool

  • nicole

    oh wow this is awesome how do they do it soo cool!! i love it x

  • arachr

    the hands give it away! :(

  • johndoedidya

    it could have scared the shit out of me if i happen to pass him by

  • hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahah

  • ditzka

    yeah, the hands gave it away! But it’s great art!

  • Caiser

    Awesome, indeed!

    I think the last photograph is just to show it’s actually a real man since the hands are not painted but also because you can see his shadow and the overall lightning isn’t taken as much care of as in the previous photograph.

  • Ember Mclain

    WOW! I love it! Make more to put on here!

  • Grace

    I’d be a bit creeped out if he walked on the bus..

  • Bob


  • ZombielandFan


  • ILDC

    Is he wearing clothes?

  • poi


  • Lia

    This work is amazing! I’ll admit that I love the “WTF?” look on the face of the bystander in the second photo.

  • turner

    this is crazy! very original.

  • Rick

    They have been doing the same thing for about 80 years at Pagent of the Masters in Laguna Beach California.

  • No one

    Hahaha 2nd Picture look at the guys face

    An amazing work of art

  • Haha I too thought this was a ‘shop when I saw the first picture out of context. I absolutely love this though! Such a creative and interesting thing to do, and I love the face of the guy on the second picture down. Hilarious.

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