Born in Los Angeles, California, 1977
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
Kehinde Wiley’s success over the past decade has grown into a crescendo. Wiley paints portraits that are noble and elegant, defiant and proud. His project began by creating versions of old master paintings and inserting contemporary black men (and later women) into the scenes. Wiley purposefully searches for his contemporaries: young men he encounters on frequent excursions to city streets in search of models. His portraits of these models are full of grace and power but also full of challenges.