Kehinde Wiley is a New York City-based portrait painter was recently honored to paint the official Obama’s portrait. The modern artist who is known for his highly naturalistic artwork paintings of African-Americans. The Columbus Museum of Art, describes his work as follows: “Wiley has gained recent acclaim for his heroic portraits which address the image and status of young African-American men in contemporary culture.”
The contemporary artist was responsible for the official portraits of President Barack Obama Portrait that was unveiled at the Smithsonian national portrait gallery in Washington, D.C.
Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald were selected to paint President Obama and Mrs. Obama, marking the first time African American artists have created Smithsonian-commissioned portraits of a former president and first lady.
“To call this experience humbling would be an understatement” President Barack Obama stated. “that’s because, as a former president, when you choose an artist to describe your likeness, you have the opportunity to shape, quite literally, how someone sees the office of the American presidency. and how they might see themselves in that presidency.”
“The arts have always been central to the American experience,” Obama continues. “They provoke thought, challenge our assumptions, and shape how we define our narrative as a country. thanks to Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, generations of Americans — and young people from all around the world — will visit the national portrait gallery and see this country through a new lens.”