Kehinde Wiley was born in Los Angeles and is now a New York-based portrait painter who is known for his highly naturalistic paintings of people with black and brown skin in heroic poses. He earned his MFA from Yale in 2001.
The Columbus Museum of Art which hosted an exhibition of his work in 2007, describes his work with the following: “Kehinde Wiley has gained recent acclaim for his heroic portraits which address the image and status of young African-American men in contemporary culture.”
His work is found in many public collections through the world and met him and saw his monumental work for the first time. I’d only seen images of his work and was excited to stand before his monumental work at Roberts Tilton Gallery in Culver City on Sept. 12th.
The gallery was packed with collectors, admirers, and black Hollywood celebrities. Not only did I have my time with his portraits, but I also had my time to laugh and chat with Kehinde. He is a generous spirit with a big smile for everyone.