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 Kehinde Wiley  (1977 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: African-American male figures-conceptual

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1977 (Los Angeles, California)
 
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New York/California




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African-American male figures-conceptual

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Photorealist painter Kehinde Wiley is inspired by Renaissance paintings and late European portraits.  He takes these influences and fuses them with casually dressed African-American men posing similar to prophets, saints and angels.  Artists he draws inspiration from include Raphael, Titian, Tiepolo, Gainsborough, Ingres and Sargent.

He begins by approaching African-American men in Harlem, asks permission to paint them, shows them his work, the subject can then choose a painting (showing 500 of 1272 characters).



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