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Kehinde Wiley  New York, NY


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About Kehinde

Los Angeles native and New York-based visual artist Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. As a contemporary descendant of a long line of portraitists’including Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, Ingres, and others’Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic, and sublime in his representation of urban black and brown men found throughout the world. By applying the visual vocabulary and conventions of glorification, wealth, prestige, and history to subject matter drawn from the urban fabric, Wiley makes his subjects and their stylistic references juxtaposed inversions of each other, imbuing his images with ambiguity and provocative perplexity.

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02.06.2017 @ 9:10 PM

LOVE his work! His painting at the Columbus Museum of Art is my favorite, and I enjoy teaching about his work in Elementary school art classes.

Himanshu shar

12.28.2010 @ 7:08 AM



12.15.2010 @ 5:56 PM

I don't believe I've ever seen anything so contradictory in my life. The finest example of art speaking for itself.

Joyce dade

11.24.2010 @ 1:17 PM

Your sublime balance of masculine and feminine, soft and hard, muscle and flowers is really great, Kehinde Wiley. I will always remember seeing your recent show at the Studio Museum in Harlem. It was a hot day and the place was packed with visitors. They didn't let me snap any pictures and just as I arrived you were leaving. I can see you standing in the lobby now on your way out to dinner. I stood in front of your work with my jaw dropped. Honestly, I have never seen such great portraits in all my life including at the major museums in the city of New York. However you do it, it is sublime! Happy Holidays, Kehinde!


03.15.2010 @ 3:29 AM

Such a peaceful beautiful interpretation.


03.02.2010 @ 8:32 PM

the realism in these paintings is admirable! but i feel like the flower power and the street guys kinda clash you know?


02.28.2010 @ 7:59 PM

Love it!!


12.10.2008 @ 8:03 PM

awesome. love the contrast of classic and contemporary. design, colors and execution are perfect.

Smiley =)

12.10.2008 @ 7:53 PM

its so colorful and artistic and i like when they kick the painting up a notch =)


12.10.2008 @ 7:52 PM

I love realistic paintings of people, I love Kehinde's work. My opinion of it is neither shallow or mindless; it is just my opinion. Point taken though F.O.C.; comment on the artist's work not on other peoples opinion of it. You should try it... Oh, sorry if I offended you "fix"!

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