American, born 1977. Lives and works in New York and Beijing, China.
The subjects of Kehinde Wiley’s paintings assume the monumental rolls of those in Holbein’s portraits, however the backdrops are reminiscent of French scenic wallpaper, which was favored by the wealthy upper class in the 1800s. Depicting floral and fauna, this ornate wallpaper created a haven, a way to escape, and a space distinct from a place of work. The paper was used to make a room feel friendly and appealing, though it often created the opposite effect as it was anchored in both utopia and reality.
Wiley earned his MFA from Yale University, and holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In the spring of 2001, he moved to New York to participate in the Artist-in-Residence program at the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2007, Wiley had a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
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12/13/2002 - 1/18/2003
Kehinde Wiley: Passing/Posing
4/30/2004 - 6/2/2004
Kehinde Wiley: Easter Realness
9/8/2006 - 10/14/2006
Kehinde Wiley: Scenic
9/10/2010 - 10/23/2010
The World Stage: India-Sri Lanka