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Kehinde Wiley

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Birthplace
Los Angeles, California

Birth year
1977

Lives in
Brooklyn, New York and Beijing, China

Works in
Brooklyn, New York and Beijing, China

Representing galleries

Current Exhibitions and Events
Mar, 2014 Aspects of Self; Portraits of Our Times
Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech
 
Mar, 2014 Study from the Human Body
Stephen Friedman Gallery
 
Feb, 2014 Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
 
Dec, 2013 Another Look: Appropriation in Art
Nasher Museum
 
Statement

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:

Oct, 2013 The World Stage: Jamaica
Stephen Friedman Gallery
 
Oct, 2013 New Acquisitions Celebrate MAG Centennial
Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester
 
Sep, 2013 Masculin / Masculin. L'homme nu dans l'art de 1800 à nos jours. (“Masculine/Feminine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day”)
Musée d'Orsay
 
Jun, 2013 The World Stage: Israel
Boise Art Museum
 
Jun, 2013 30 Americans
Milwaukee Art Museum
 
May, 2013 Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
 
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