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Kehinde Wiley

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Los Angeles, California

Birth year

Lives in
Brooklyn, New York and Beijing, China

Works in
Brooklyn, New York and Beijing, China

Representing galleries

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Jan, 2017 Four Saints in Three Acts
DePaul Art Museum
Current Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2016 Lamentation
Le Petit Palais
Oct, 2016 A New Republic
Phoenix Art Museum
May, 2016 Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Kehinde Wiley is a New York based painter who is known for his paintings of contemporary urban African American men in poses taken from the annals of art history. His painting style has been compared to that of such traditional portraitists as Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian and Ingres.

Wiley creates a fusion of period styles, ranging from French rococo, Islamic architecture and West African textile design to urban hip–hop and the "Sea Foam Green" of a Martha Stewart Interiors color swatch. Wiley’s slightly larger than life size figures are depicted in a heroic manner, as their poses connote power and spiritual awakening. Wiley’s portrayal of masculinity is filtered through these poses of power and spirituality.

In 2008 he received the Americans for the Arts, Young Artist Award for Artistic Excellence.


Recent Exhibits

Kehinde Wiley participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2016 "BIG"
Bill Hodges Gallery
Jun, 2016 Making & Unmaking
Camden Arts Centre
Jun, 2016 A New Republic
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Feb, 2016 A New Republic
Seattle Art Museum
Oct, 2015 Photo 15
Milk Studios
Sep, 2015 A New Republic
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
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