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Kehinde Wiley Art

American, b. 1977

Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2018, American painter Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977) is one of the most widely recognized artists of his generation, best known for re-creating Old Masters works with contemporary Black subjects.

Take, for instance, his large-scale masterpiece Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (2005): The painting is nearly identical in both composition and name to Jacques-Louis David’s Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (1800–1), but instead of the French general posed atop a rearing horse, it’s a modern-day Black man, dressed in fatigues and Timberland boots, against a decorative patterned backdrop. Through such paintings and sculptures, Wiley engages in a political act, acknowledging the omission of Black and other nonwhite figures from historical and cultural narratives — especially as seen through the lens of European portraiture — and introducing them as heroes in poses and positions of power.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Wiley discovered his talents as a photorealistic portrait painter as a child, refining them at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he earned his BFA, and at the Yale University School of Art, where he earned his MFA. His art draws from a range of influences; while his paintings are most associated with Old Master portraits, particularly in the Venitian tradition of Titian and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Wiley often sets his subjects in front of ornate patterned backgrounds that reference African textiles and Islamic architecture. In 2017, the artist was commissioned by President Barack Obama to paint his official portrait to hang in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Wiley has garnered numerous accolades, including the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts, the Brooklyn Museum Asher B. Durand Award for Artistic Achievement, the American Federation for Arts Cultural Leadership Award and the Pratt Legend Award. His works can be found in the collections of acclaimed institutions around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Zabludowicz Collection in London.

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Barack Obama White House Portrait
By Kehinde Wiley
Located in Atlanta, GA
Medium Posters Condition Print is in pristine condition with four sharp corners and has been stored flat since purchase. Signature Not signed...., not signed Certificate of authentic...
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2010s Contemporary Kehinde Wiley Art

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Kehinde Wiley 'Sharrod Hosten Study III' Print, 2020
By Kehinde Wiley
Located in New York, NY
Kehinde Wiley's 'Sharrod Hosten Study III, 2020' is part of a limited edition print of only 30 copies. Partnered with Sean Kelly Gallery to release Sharrod Hosten Study III (2020), t...
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Kehinde Wiley 'Head of a Young Girl Veiled' Print, 2019
By Kehinde Wiley
Located in New York, NY
Kehinde Wiley's 'Head of a Young Girl Veiled' is part of a limited edition print of only 30 copies by Absolut Art. In its powerful execution, this work speaks to the layered complexi...
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1980s Pop Art Kehinde Wiley Art

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Barack Obama White House Portrait
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