What to Know About Artist Alexandra Grant, Who Is Dating Keanu Reeves
From her creative background to her opinions on marriage, here's everything to know about Alexandra Grant
Get to know Keanu Reeves’ girlfriend.
The Matrix star, who has affectionately been dubbed the “Internet’s Boyfriend,” is dating Alexandra Grant, an accomplished visual artist who explores the use of text and language in various media.
In addition to receiving accolades for her creations, Grant’s work has been written about in a wide array of publications, from the Los Angeles Times to Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art.
The self-proclaimed Los Angeles native, who was actually born in Ohio, is also highly regarded for her collaborative efforts, joining forces with well-respected literary pioneers and philosophers. One of her first collaborations that sparked worldwide recognition was with Reeves, who at the time was simply a longtime friend.
Though it’s unclear exactly when the two met, her and Reeves’ relationship dates back to somewhere around the time their debut book was published in 2011.
Years later, their relationship went from platonic to romantic when they made their public debut as a couple in 2019. Reeves and Grant stepped out when they walked a red carpet together on June 4, 2022 in L.A. Then, on July 8, 2022, the couple were seen holding hands at a performance of American Buffalo at Broadway’s Square Theatre in New York City.
In March 2023, when asked about his “last moment of bliss,” Reeves described a moment with Grant.
“A couple of days ago with my honey,” he told PEOPLE. “We were in bed. We were connected. We were smiling and laughing and giggling. Feeling great. It was just really nice to be together.”
From Grant’s creative background to her opinions on marriage, here’s everything to know about the artist.
She’s an accomplished visual artist
Grant is a Los Angeles-based artist who’s produced an impressive collection of works through the years. While she places an emphasis on painting as her medium of choice, she’s experimented with other creative ventures as well.
Grant’s also regarded for her collaborations, like with famed feminist Hélène Cixous and digital literature pioneer Michael Joyce. Many of her collections have been displayed in galleries such as the Orange County Museum of Art in Santa Ana and the prestigious Marfa Invitational in Texas.
Grant is multilingual as a result of her educational past and speaks English, Spanish and French. Though she resides in L.A. now, most of Grant’s childhood saw her attending a variety of different schools that introduced her to cultures outside of her own. She spent time at a British school in Mexico City, a boarding school in Missouri and the International School of Paris in Europe.
“I grew up in part in Mexico City, Washington, D.C., and Paris, moving between languages and cultures,” she told LA Weekly in 2019. “Los Angeles felt like home from the moment I first arrived in 1995, especially the diversity of people, idioms, foods, and plants (like jacaranda and bougainvillea).”
She worked as a college professor
In addition to her work as an artist, Grant shed her knowledge on students when she worked as a college professor at a few different schools across the United States. (She is the daughter of not one, but two professors!)
First, she was hired as an adjunct professor at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, where she worked from 2009 to 2011. During that time, she taught an MFA seminar at Cal State Northridge in 2010.
She then served as a mentor in the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Distance MFA program from 2013 to 2014. She continued the duty at Syracuse University in 2015.
She collaborated on a book with Reeves
Since Grant and Reeves have been longtime friends, they joined forces professionally to publish Ode to Happiness in 2011 — a grown-up picture book with illustrations by the artist and text from the actor.
This marked the pair’s first collaboration together, in addition to Grant’s artist-book debut and Reeves’ written-work debut.
In 2016, they put their talents together once again for another collaboration, titled Shadows. The art book features a series of 54 images, photographed by Grant, based on the movements of Reeves.
“No one can move the way he can. He’s a really extreme performer,” Grant said of Reeves at an L.A. gallery viewing, per the Los Angeles Times. “That’s a huge piece of why those images are so interesting. I knew that if I moved the camera as we danced together, as photographer and subject, we could create these wonderful optical illusions.”
She and Reeves founded a publishing company
In 2017, Grant and Reeves co-founded X Artists’ Books, a publishing house that focuses on “thoughtful, high-quality, artist-centered books that fit within and between genres,” according to its website. “Our books are works of art; portals to imagined worlds; treasured companions; the fabric of a community.”
The company is often recognized by its abbreviation, XAB.
She made her red carpet debut with Reeves in 2019
Grant and Reeves stepped out hand-in-hand on the red carpet at the LACMA Art + Film Gala in 2019, making their public debut as a couple.
“Keanu wants to openly share his life with her,” a source told PEOPLE at the time. “He is extremely happy and grateful to have Alex in his life.”
The insider added that the two “started dating earlier this year, but have wanted to keep it quiet.”
She’s opened up about her public relationship with Reeves
Following Grant’s debut with Reeves, she told Vogue that she felt mixed emotions about her decision to publicize her relationship.
“I think every single person I knew called me in the first week of November, and that’s fascinating, but the question I’ve been asking in all of this is: ‘What is the opportunity for good,’ ” she said.
She can officiate weddings
According to Grant’s Instagram, she can officiate weddings — and has. The artist shared a photo of herself leading the wedding of two friends during the summer of 2019.
Per Vogue, she’s also been a bridesmaid seven times!
She has her own opinion on marriage
Despite being quite involved in the marital scene, Grant has her own views on the idea of tying the knot.
“Love at every level is deeply important to my identity,” she told Vogue before joking, “How’s that for dodging the question?”
She continued: “I do not believe that isolation is the way. There is a period of isolation that I do as a painter, but I deeply value the experience of being in relationships.”
She is a philanthropist
Grant is the creator of the grantLOVE project, which produces and sells original artwork to benefit artist projects and arts non-profits. She started the initiative in 2008.
The project has raised funds for Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Project Angel Food, Art of Elysium, 18th Street Arts Center and LAXART, according to her website.
Additionally, Grant’s works have been featured at LACMA, MOCA (Los Angeles), the Hammer Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario.