Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977 in Los Angeles, USA) lives and works in New York, USA and Beijing, China. He has already achieved international recognition for his highly naturalistic paintings of contemporary urban men adopting heroic poses directly referencing classical portraiture. 'The 'World Stage', Wiley's vast and celebrated body of work, has previously focused on Brazil, China, Israel, Nigeria, Senegal and Sri Lanka, with exhibitions held in museums and galleries in Europe and the USA. Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic, and sublime in his representation of urban black and brown men and women found throughout the world. His most recent ‘World Stage' project was hosted in Jamaica and produced new work for his first solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England, featuring both black men and women assuming poses taken from 17th and 18th Century British portraiture.
In 2015, Kehinde will hold a major solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA.