Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley

Nigerian-American
b. 1977
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Overview

Kehinde Wiley’s vibrant and highly naturalistic paintings of contemporary African-American and African-Diasporic men and women subvert the hierarchies and conventions of classical portraiture.

Kehinde Wiley’s vibrant and highly naturalistic paintings of contemporary African-American and African-Diasporic men and women subvert the hierarchies and conventions of classical portraiture.

Kehinde Wiley was born in 1977 in Los Angeles, USA. He lives and works in New York, USA; Beijing, China and Dakar, Senegal.

'The World Stage’, Wiley's vast and celebrated body of work, has focused on Brazil, China, Israel, Nigeria, Senegal and Sri Lanka to date, with exhibitions held in museums and galleries in Europe and the USA. Wiley engages the visual rhetoric of the powerful, majestic and sublime in his representation of contemporary African-American and African-Diasporic men and women who adopt heroic poses directly referencing European and American portraiture.

 In February 2020 ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’, Wiley’s first solo institutional exhibition in the UK, opened at William Morris Gallery, London, featuring six new large-scale female portraits. A monumental public sculpture ‘Rumors of War’, the artist’s largest work to date, was unveiled in Times Square, New York in September 2019. It was permanently installed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia in December 2019. In 2018 Smithsonian Institution unveiled Kehinde Wiley’s official portrait of Barack Obama for the Presidential Portrait Commission at National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. 

Selected Artworks

Kehinde Wiley

Latest News

“Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley” Brooklyn Museum Challenges the History of Western Portraiture
Press
27 January 2020

“Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley” Brooklyn Museum Challenges the History of Western Portraiture

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Art Basel
Art fairs
13–16 June 2019

Art Basel

For Art Basel 2019, Stephen Friedman Gallery (Hall 2.1, Booth K4) presents a selection of artists including Mamma Andersson, Melvin Edwards, Andreas Eriksson, Denzil Forrester, Tom Friedman, Wayne Gonzales, Jim Hodges, Deborah...
Basel, Hall 2.1, K4
The Armory Show
Art fairs
7–10 March 2019

The Armory Show

Stephen Friedman Gallery returns to The Armory Show after a sixteen year hiatus. On Pier 94 Booth 500, the gallery presents a selection of artists including Tonico Lemos Auad, Andreas Eriksson, Denzil...
New York, Pier 94, 500
Art Basel
Art fairs
14–17 June 2018

Art Basel

For Art Basel 2018 Stephen Friedman Gallery will present a specially curated stand that explores figuration. This will include work by Mamma Andersson, Lisa Brice, Andreas Eriksson, David Shrigley, Jiro Takamatsu, Kehinde...
Basel, K4, Hall 2.1
Frieze New York
Art fairs
3–6 May 2018

Frieze New York

For Frieze New York 2018 Stephen Friedman Gallery presents a selection of works by Tonico Lemos Auad, Andreas Eriksson, Manuel Espinosa, Wayne Gonzales, Yinka Shonibare MBE, David Shrigley, Kehinde Wiley and Luiz...
New York, A25
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
7–10 December 2017

Art Basel Miami Beach

For Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 Stephen Friedman Gallery will present new work by Tonico Lemos Auad, Andreas Eriksson, Tom Friedman, Channing Hansen, Jim Hodges, Rivane Neuenschwander, Ged Quinn, Yinka Shonibare MBE,...
Florida, A15, Hall D
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
1–4 December 2016

Art Basel Miami Beach

Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to participate in Art Basel Miami Beach 2016. We will be showing works by the artists below, alongside a spotlight presentation of Manuel Espinosa as part of...
Florida, E4, Hall C
Art Basel
Art fairs
16–19 June 2016

Art Basel

Stephen Friedman Gallery is proud to announce its participation in Art Basel 2016, stand L11. Figuration is the focus of one part of the stand featuring all new works including; an animation...
Basel, L11, Hall 2.1.
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
3–6 December 2015

Art Basel Miami Beach

Stephen Friedman Gallery is participating in Art Basel Miami Beach. Preview Wednesday 2 December. Exhibiting artists include: Mamma Andersson Juan Araujo Tonico Lemos Auad Stephan Balkenhol Huma Bhabha Melvin Edwards Andreas Eriksson...
Florida, E4, Hall C

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