Photorealist painter Kehinde Wiley is inspired by Renaissance paintings and late European portraits. He takes these influences and fuses them with casually dressed African-American men posing similar to prophets, saints and angels. Artists he draws inspiration from include Raphael, Titian, Tiepolo, Gainsborough, Ingres and Sargent.
He begins by approaching African-American men in Harlem, asks permission to paint them, shows them his work, the subject can then choose a painting.
Born in 1977 in Los Angeles.
BFA from San Francisco Art Institute.
MFA from Yale.
His work is awesome.