Nigerian-American Artist Kehinde Wiley has been chosen by former American President, Barack Obama to paint his portrait.
Kehinde who has been known for his African-American paintings and reinterpretations of classic artworks has been chosen by former President Barack Obama to paint his official portrait for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
The painting which will be exhibited at Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is the tradition carried out at the end of each presidency in the United States. The museum since time immemorial have been partnering with the White House to commission one official portrait of the past President and First Lady.
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Just as Barack Obama had selected Kehinde Wiley for his paintings, his wife, Michelle Obama selected artist Amy Sherald, who is known for her life-size paintings of African-Americans, to paint her portrait, the museum announced Friday.
The portraits of the Obamas will be made public at the National Portrait Gallery in 2018, where they will be added to the museum’s permanent collection.
The painter chosen to paint Barack Obama’s portrait, Kehinde, bagged his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and his MFA from Yale University, School of Art in 2001.
At the age of 20 Kehinde travelled to Nigeria to explore his roots and there he met his father who he didn’t grow up with.