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Barack Obama Selects Nigerian Artist Kehinde Wiley For His Smithsonian National Portrait


Former US President, Barack Obama has chosen Nigerian artist, Kehinde Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait gallery which is billed to be unveiled at the gallery in 2018. As is the norm, the Smithsonian museum partners with the White House to commission one official portrait of the Potus and Flotus

Artist Kehinde Wiley is popular for his paintings of African- Americans some which include a sculpture of Kanye West,and his reinterpretations of classic artworks. See some works:

Kehinde was born to a Nigerian dad and an African-American mom. As a child, his mother supported his interest in art and enrolled him in after-school art classes. Although Kehinde Wiley did not grow up with his father, at the age of 20, he traveled to Nigeria to explore his roots and meet him. He earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and his MFA from Yale University, School of Art in 2001.

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