Kehinde Wiley (born February 28, 1977), is an American portrait painter living in New York City, who is known for his realistic paintings of black people. He was commissioned in 2017 to paint a portrait of President Barack Obama, for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, which has portraits of all the United States Presidents. Wiley has gained recent acclaim for his heroic portraits, which address the image and status of young African-American men in contemporary culture.
In addition to a collection of portraits inspired by St. Louis natives, specifically members of the Ferguson community, our classroom is so fortunate to be a recipient of The National Portrait Gallery's gift of an official Wiley print of President Obama.
Kehinde Wiley is DEFINITLEY an artist to know!