kehinde wiley

The National Portrait Gallery will bring the iconic portraits of the former president and first lady to five cities in 2021 and 2022.
The statue, created by the artist who painted Barack Obama's official portrait, features a Black man with dreads, wearing a hoodie and Nikes on horseback.
The Smithsonian museum saw a record 2.3 million visitors in 2018, the year the Obama portraits went up.
An inspirational woman needs all the space she can get!
As one of his last presidential acts, Obama chose a queer, black artist as his official portraitist. Wiley's colleagues and peers explain why the choice was fated.
Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald are the first black artists hired by the Smithsonian to paint a president and first lady.
"It’s a portrait of a group of people coming to terms with what it means to be an artist in the 21st century dealing with blackness, with individuality.”