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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

Current Exhibitions and Events
May, 2015 "Black SoCal: Art and Practice in an Evolving Landscape"
La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale), Pallazzo Querini Stampalia
Apr, 2015 30 Americans

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:

Feb, 2015 A New Republic
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Sep, 2014 The World Stage: Haiti
Roberts & Tilton
Jul, 2014 Game Changer
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
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
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