2012 The Root 100

Kehinde Wiley is an award-winning contemporary portrait artist.

  • Influence: 151.3
  • Reach: 9.5
  • Substance: 7.0
  • Media Mentions: 110
  • Internet Mentions: 31200
  • Twitter Followers: 978
  • Kehinde Wiley

  • Award-winning artist who is known for painting portraits of individuals in the Diaspora.
  • Job: Contemporary artist
  • Sector: Arts
  • Twitter: @kehindewileyart
  • Location: New York City and Beijing
  • Age: 35
  • Bio: Kehinde Wiley is an award-winning artist known for his paintings of contemporary African Americans in a traditional portrait style. The BBC interviewed him in September about what his modern take on old classics says about the image and status of contemporary black men in America. "What I'd like for people to come away with after walking through a gallery of my work is, I think, a broader understanding of the people who they see around them every day," he said. Wiley, who grew up in Los Angeles, this summer saw the release of a hardcover art book about his work, Kehinde Wiley, and toured Africa for a new project. Like his Facebook page.