This Isn’t a Painting


Few months ago, way back in March, I showed you some incredible works by #Alexa Meade (whenever you see # in front of a word, it means it’s a tag linked to related stuff). Many of you couldn’t believe that her paintings were actually real life people, body-painted in such a way to look as an acrylic masterpiece. The illusion works best when you see the installation up-close. Just in case you don’t believe a word I’m saying, I’ve included few more photos shot from greater distance. Now wasn’t that nice of me…. ;)

AlexaMeade Body Paint Painting Optical Illusion 1
Alexa Meade Body Paint Painting Optical Illusion 2
Alexa Meade Body Paint Painting Optical Illusion 3

  • edthedish


  • Mike

    technically this is a painting, but intead of oil-on-canvas its oil-on-skin!

  • WOW indeed! So realistic. You must be so talented to be able to produce this.

  • Graham

    Very impressive!

  • Pete

    Good that is!

  • This is Great! One of the best I’ve seen!

  • I am totally impressed! I did not believe it until I saw the 3rd picture, and even then I wasn’t sure what I was looking at wasn’t photo shopped. Great illusion! Keep up the great work! Thank you!!

  • Care Bear

    I’d never be able to pull it off. I’d be too busy trying to scratch the paint off.

  • chris

    but it looks so much like a painting! how does that woman make herself look like that!?

  • coolmarco


  • coolmarco


  • These works are great and beautiful almost beyond description!! I love it when you show these “non-paintings”. THANK YOU Vurdlak.

  • josephine

    cool! she looks kinda angry in the last pic…

  • That’s purely amazing. It creates a new dimensions. Our “reality” bended to the imagination of the artist. I love it!

  • colin

    that probably feels very strange on your skin

  • Lloyd

    Now that is quite the illusion, Very well done!

  • whoa


  • whoa


  • Janice

    Wow that is really something.

  • Nairnnnnnnnn




  • Leon Haidvogl

    one of the best ever

  • Jacob

    that is crazy

  • nockgeneer

    That is incredible.

  • peace-angel

    that is truely awesome, great work

  • Melinda

    Very cool.

  • Mii

    that is really cool.

  • blehp

    oOh. thats awesome.

  • Luis Pachón


  • Rick


  • Jeanne

    can’t be real….

  • Living Sound


  • ali

    I wonder why her hands aren’t painted? Pretty neat!

  • Maria

    wow coolest thing i’ve seen yet :)

  • anonymous

    thats a real person?!!? O.o

  • Firestorm

    How is that possible?
    Must have put paint on everything right?

  • Leon Haidvogl

    her hands look different from the rest

  • that is really a work of art.. very nice!!

  • Antoine Lowray
  • John

    Awesome. Even that last picture looks like a painting. Hard to believe.

  • Tomi Stojkovski

    Amazing stuff.

  • kat

    That is INCREDIBLE.

  • Ed

    This is simply amazing! Wowaweewa!

  • Joop Van Dijk


  • Milagros


  • Renee Heffington Johnson

    thats amazing~

  • Lizzie

    Yes, that was very nice of you. It looks awesome! :D

  • Chinonso Chinny Enwerem

    Really nice

  • shardson

    waw this is a nice one

  • Incredible work, a true masterpiece!

    • teshiee

      Now that is what I called an artist at her finest. So classic looking. I am at awe. ;-)

  • Chris

    WOw. That is really cool, and there are nice touches. The artist is truly talentted.

  • hps bajwa

    this is excellent one , WOW

  • C.C

    i didnt believe you at first! that is AMAZING!

  • ME


  • stin@

    wtf, thats cool :)

  • tooom

    …i dont get it D:

  • Whitney N. Ollivierre

    wow! i loveee!!
    i’d love to visit an art museum with these on view!

  • Jess

    very cleverly done

  • markus


    I would love to see a video of this!

  • Latisha

    wonderfull work xxxx

  • excellent! This illusion kind of reminded me of the old moillusions, the really classic ones. I don’t blame you though, one illusion daily, you’re bound to run out. Anyway, 10/10

  • VURDLAK, Looks like you have a real winner here! Keep up the good work.

  • Holy freakin crap that’s awesome!

  • Shana Schroeder

    That’s amazing!

  • Anonymous

    have you never seen this before?
    it’s all over the place.

  • kiki

    holy crud!! that is soo cool!

  • Detective Kitty

    That is way too cool. It really does look like a painting. Excellent work. Definately an artist of great extenet.

  • sybilla cook

    AMAZING–thanks for sharing!

  • JMAN12

    Anyone could do that! Don’t be so in awe about it! ;(

  • Ember Mclain

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joey

    Hmm, as you can see the hands are not painted so it sort of gives it off

  • yanna

    i still dnt get it but o- oooh now i see it . !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

  • Very impressive. It so looks like a painting.

  • ferret

    o_o WOW!

  • Mike

    That’s my mom!

  • sonar5

    Arent U cool Mike

  • notarealname

    dats good way to bring cartoons to reel life like bugs buny

  • lol um put some clothes on not so Exsposed just for men to see lol -.-

  • Autumn

    Wow! Thats really good! A true artist has entered the world! Keep up the good work! :)

  • naveen kumar


  • naveen kumar


  • amit

    just fantastic work

    • is this is 3D art?

    • ahulkf

      loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it, i mean look at it .

  • idea man

    I’d like to see a film wherein all the actors and sets were painted to this effect.

    • Joe

      Go see the film, “The Mill and the Cross”

    • coinages

      A Scanner Darkly was done like this. I started watching it late one night when I was really tired and my brain couldnt process Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jr. animated like that so I went to bed.

    • using1chopstick

      scanner darkly was not done like this. this is body paint, that was digital…

    • T

      Without a computer it would be nearly impossible to do a film. As the actors move the paint would have to constantly changed to convey the direction of light and shodow. Literaly each frame would be a repaint. imagine an animated film where each cell takes hours to paint onto a living canvas.

  • 4chunkookeezz

    I’ve never seen work by this artist before but I do find it exceptional. Keep it up!

  • hootchant

    usually i don’t take time to comment on something nice , but this one i really couldn’t resist.Its what they say Incredibly Awesome , cheers to the concept , if only matisse or vinci was alive to see this..

  • Dan

    Holy cow! That’s probably one of the great illusion ever!


  • kata_belece

    Splendid artwork!! gathel…..apik pol pokoke rek.


  • Monique

    It’s wonderful, yes, but Pageant of the Masters is a live theater event presenting this for many years….they have a live orchestra, set outside, and works of art “come to life” right before your eyes. Tix cost an arm AND a leg (painted in Rembrandt-style, of course!!), but worth every penny….Google it and you’ll get a glimpse of greatness!!

  • WOW! That’s mind-blowing.

  • EvilJef
  • Very creative and well done.

  • Darthmalius

    I don’t think it’s very accurate to say “This is not a painting” Just as a reprint of a work of art is still a work of art, so to is a photo of a painted girl still done with paint. Sure she is a real girl in a real space but the “illusion” is done to make it look like a painting. it’s done with PAINT. This is not an illusion but a question of semantical technicality.

  • Saber

    Very Good Good Good Good this no optical illusion. This is the power of Talent…..

  • online shopping

    I got Crazy about this talent,
    wow it’s wonder full!
    great great…………………

  • annaj:)

    thats great and amazing, but as a girl, i find it a bit…well…wierd…but thats just me. but its great good job!

  • matt

    Umm…. Actually it is a painting, just on a different medium.

  • Nick

    Very nice. She needs to paint a pipe like that and call it “C’est une pipe”.


  • sreya subramanyam

    only a modern da vinci can do it .a great masterpiece

  • guy manners

    cute idea, well executed, but not worth all the fuss, particularly because the “paintings” are not very good. Thus the “artist” has used a new technique to produce mediochre paintings . Great. To all these people here commenting on how it’s a master piece, I have one comment – get off the net and get some education and real experience in life, and until you know something, don’t comment.

  • Alan


  • weird but wow!

  • Thomas

    It is like mind blowing to do something so weird,good talent.

  • Cyborger

    It would be pretty cool to scare someone doing this. Hehehe!

  • awesome!
    mind blowing!

  • this is brilliant!

  • Fred


  • That’s way cool … thanks for sharing :-)

  • Love it.

  • Sultony

    What is the point? We are going round full circle. Now we have a film winning Golden Globes award that mimics the old b&w soundless movies. Why prepare (great skill by the way) a real person to look like a painting?

  • Gab

    She looks so wrong is she drunk????

  • babycakes

    Just like they do for Laguna Beach’s “Pageant of the Masters”, which has been going on for years. You can tell that it’s a live woman if you look closely at the part in her hair. Bravo !

  • gabriela

    it can be called a paiting… a painting done not necesarly on canvas or wood. but that to me is a painting… very cool thanks for sharing

  • Chris in Dallas

    Reminds me of a really hard acid trip! Very cool stuff!

  • Kel

    The quality of thecpainting is amateur with no artistic merit. Just another gimmick getting too much attention.

    • Ben

      Kel, you just did nothing but lower your own image infront of everyone reading your comment.

      What was the point in that?

      If you think you have seen better, then why not constructively criticise instead of just trying to bring the artist down. As I said, you did nothing but bring yourself down.

  • Tuhoisa

    OMG how amazingly beautiful. This woman’s art is always incredible. This the first time seeing this one.

  • just incredible …

  • lynn

    I love How she has created this form of art, It leavs the mind in aw.I guess kel would be the ameture here.


    epic it was just like a painting how cn such thing happen

  • Stephanie Lincoln

    Great idea, great execution.

  • sam

    Wooooowwww.. I woulndn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen the last picture at the bottom attached… Amazing !!!

  • Myles

    Unpleasant subject matter, but brilliantly conceived! Would love to see it done recreating a lovely piece of Norman Rockwell-type Americana. Granted, his cleaner, more realistic style of painting might not lend itself well to this type of creation. If I hadn’t seen the wide shot of the gallery, the patron and the subject art, I might have had a hard time believing it was NOT a painting. Well done!

  • Orson

    This is so utterly pointless. Ok, the artist simulated BAD 70’s or 80’s art school paintings. Who needs more of that?

  • patti

    This is really impressive! Too bad she can’t sell it!

  • Colleen

    Beautiful work of art. Makes you question your perception of reality and ask “what is art?”, which is what art should do.

  • tnzlkml

    shaaj fakkon!! LmaO

  • AinOakPark

    They do this every year in Laguna Beach, CA at the Pageant of the Masters in August. They put people into works of art, all sorts, from paintings, statues, fountains, and ceramics to silver bowls, painted tiles, etc. Great show! Give it a Google and see.

  • Wow-talk about thinking outside of the box. Or the canvas.

  • Big Cadillac

    Look up “Pageant Of The Masters”.

  • Thor Winje

    Seems to be inspired by the artist Lucian Freuds paintings.

  • Aung


  • Honut Sinti

    Simply amazing!

  • Noreen


  • Ajfan

    I’ve seen this before. It shows the artist while she’s painting on the woman. It’s absolutely amazing and impressive. I have to give lots of credit to the artist.

  • Tammy Fitzgerald


  • ray

    very cool, art comes in many forms thanks for showing this one

  • Linda

    This is just amazing, love it!

  • Joseph

    what is she doing in the second picture?

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