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Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by kennygee(f): 9:08am On Feb 13
Kehinde Wiley (born 1977) is a New York City-based portrait painter who is known for his highly naturalistic paintings of African-Americans. The Columbus Museum of Art, which hosted an exhibition of his work in 2007, describes his work with the following: "Wiley has gained recent acclaim for his heroic portraits which address the image and status of young African-American men in contemporary culture."


Wiley was born in Los Angeles, California. His father is Yoruba from Nigeria, and his mother is African-American. As a child, his mother supported his interest in art and enrolled him in after-school art classes. At the age of 12, he spent a short time at an art school in Russia.

Wiley did not grow up with his father, and at the age of 20 traveled to Nigeria to explore his roots and meet him. Wiley earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and his MFA from Yale University, School of Art in 2001.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kehinde_Wiley

He designed the pictures of Barrack and Michelle Obama just unveiled at the Smithsonian, his work was featured in Season 2 of Empire.


Check the IG link to see more.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfHQi71DvYC/

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by FarahAideed: 9:20am On Feb 13
You also failed to mention that Kehinde Wiley is a controversial artist with racist approach to most of his works where his subjects can mostly be seen with decapitations of severed Caucasian heads in an art form bothering the disturbed .

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by kennygee(f): 9:22am On Feb 13
FarahAideed:
You also failed to mention that Kehinde Wiley is a controversial artist with racist approach to most of his works where his subjects can mostly be seen with decapitations of severed Caucasian heads in an art form bothering the disturbed .

He has his own style. Is there any popular artist who isn't controversial?

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by FarahAideed: 9:34am On Feb 13
kennygee:


He has his own style. Is there any popular artist who isn't controversial?

But the fact that Barrack Obama would commission such an artist to do his portrait speaks volumes about the disturbing mind lurking behind the rib cage of Mr Obama like I have always maintained

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by kennygee(f): 9:39am On Feb 13
FarahAideed:


But the fact that Barrack Obama would commission such an artist to do his portrait speaks volumes about the disturbing mind lurking behind the rib cage of Mr Obama like I have always maintained

Are you one of those conspiracy theorists?

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by Amirullaha(m): 1:09pm On Feb 13
Owk o...
In other news!!!

When my lil nephew just arrived Nigeria, boy was playing his video game about 8pm and NEPA took light. Bobo shouted "Mum help me! I'm blind"....

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by Zanas: 1:10pm On Feb 13
The guy has been exposed as a promoter of racism and violence

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by Gangster1ms: 1:10pm On Feb 13
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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by Rapmaestro(m): 1:10pm On Feb 13
kennygee:


Are you one of those conspiracy theorists?
I think he is
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by pol23: 1:11pm On Feb 13
Black excellence
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by marvin904(m): 1:11pm On Feb 13
i celebrate your talent smiley smiley
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by iSage: 1:11pm On Feb 13
Exquisite finish. Michelle's portrait looks like a vector render undecided
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by scholes0(m): 1:11pm On Feb 13
FarahAideed:
You also failed to mention that Kehinde Wiley is a controversial artist with racist approach to most of his works where his subjects can mostly be seen with decapitations of severed Caucasian heads in an art form bothering the disturbed .

The real severing of Millions of African heads happened when whites colonials were in places like Namibia and Congo.

They Openly display African Art which they acquired illegally from our great civilizations via MURDER, RAPE, and PLUNDER in their European Museums and Art Galleries without an iota of remorse nor shame.

And they haven't even apologized ....

So, tell me why I as an African shouldn't be proud of Mr Kehinde Wiley?





Welldone jare, buroda Kenny. grin

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by mexxmoney: 1:12pm On Feb 13
I hope we won't come here to start celebrating someone who is currently been universally condemned for his racist artworks

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by cinoedhunter: 1:12pm On Feb 13
angry angry angry angry angry angry
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by NwanyiAwkaetiti(f): 1:12pm On Feb 13
Good one
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by Mak4web(m): 1:12pm On Feb 13
okay
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by Nobody: 1:12pm On Feb 13
FarahAideed:
You also failed to mention that Kehinde Wiley is a controversial artist with racist approach to most of his works where his subjects can mostly be seen with decapitations of severed Caucasian heads in an art form bothering the disturbed .

Oversabi clap for yourself

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by kolawoleibukun: 1:12pm On Feb 13
the thing about Nigerians is complex. We only appreciate people already celebrated outside. There are thousands of artists in Nigeria seeking assistance and recognition. We drive past these artists everyday and some of us are still owing them from the cheap work that they did for us. As soon as one gains international recognition, we quickly remembers that he is an artist. Why can't we celebrate our local skills. That man did not achieve knowledge or excellence here. Why can't we help ourselves. People are painting Buhari and Adeboye at every corner but why are they not recognized?

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by VonTrapp: 1:13pm On Feb 13
The man is a disgraceful racist!!!

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by ibkgab001: 1:13pm On Feb 13
My name sake up there grin
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by IamPatriotic(m): 1:13pm On Feb 13
Where is his Taiwo?

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by dizon: 1:14pm On Feb 13
Lol, we no get sense for this country. Americans were claiming this man as their citizen but as soon as he was exposed to be a racist with despicable artworks depicting violence against other races, they quickly dug up his Nigerian ancestry and pointed out he was Nigerian after all and we have fallen for the trap. Here we are celebrating him and confirming that indeed the controversial racist is indeed one of us. SMH for our stupidity and blindness in this country. Common sense we no get

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by designVATExcel: 1:14pm On Feb 13
Hmmm. Is he truly Nigerian.
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by EgunMogaji: 1:15pm On Feb 13
Amirullaha:
Owk o...
In other news!!!

When my lil nephew just arrived Nigeria, boy was playing his video game about 8pm and NEPA took light. Bobo shouted "Mum help me! I'm blind"....

On vacation in Nigeria, my 3 year old daughter was telling my Sister that Alexa is broken.

We control our house in the US with Amazon Echo so when NEPA took light my daughter went around saying “Alexa, turn on the light” grin

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by OyinO: 1:15pm On Feb 13
FarahAideed:
You also failed to mention that Kehinde Wiley is a controversial artist with racist approach to most of his works where his subjects can mostly be seen with decapitations of severed Caucasian heads in an art form bothering the disturbed .
Who asked? Who cares? White my asshole. There's no "white" human skin shade/colour in the world.

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by piagetskinner(m): 1:15pm On Feb 13
I don't know what to say
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by Koolking(m): 1:15pm On Feb 13
This man is truly blessed. How his skills, creativity put him on world stage.

Congratulations bro.
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by Haggui: 1:15pm On Feb 13
Eh, Nigeria dey always do things backward
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by itsandi(m): 1:16pm On Feb 13
Cool guy
Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by designVATExcel: 1:16pm On Feb 13
Hmmm. Is he truly Nigerian, hasn't lived here, just visited.

Even in my country if I stay 5 years in a state I'm still a settler and cannot own some properties or contest for political post.

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Re: Meet Kehinde Wiley, The Designer Of Obama's Portrait by OkpaAkuEriEri(m): 1:16pm On Feb 13
Ewedu eata

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