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Kehinde Wiley

 (born 1977)
Kehinde Wiley is active/lives in New York, California.  Kehinde Wiley is known for African-American male figures-conceptual/realistic portraits of African-Americans in heroic poses.

Biography   Kehinde Wiley


Kehinde Wiley (born 1977) is a New York-based portrait painter who is known for his highly naturalistic* paintings of people with brown skin in heroic poses. The Columbus Museum of Art, which hosted an exhibition of his work in 2007, describes his work with the following: "Kehinde Wiley has gained recent acclaim for his heroic portraits which address the image and status of young African-American men in contemporary culture."

Kehinde Wiley was born in Los Angeles, California in 1977. His father is Yoruba from Nigeria, and his mother is African-American. As a child, his mother supported his interest in art and enrolled him in after-school art classes. At the age of 12, he spent a short time at an art school in Russia.

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