Nigerian-Born Kehinde Wiley Paints Portrait Of Obama
This must really be one of the proudest moments of Nigerian-born artist, Kehinde Wiley.
He was privileged to paint the portraits of former US President and First Lady Barrack and Michelle Obama.
Barack and Michelle unveiled the eye-catching new portraits themselves.
The former President and First Lady’s likenesses were revealed at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. on Monday morning.
Obama chose Kehinde Wiley for his, and exclaimed, “How about that? That’s pretty sharp,” as he saw his picture for the first time.
The 44th president of the United States then joked: “I tried to negotiate less gray hair and Kehinde’s artistic integrity would not allow (him) to do what I asked.
“I tried to negotiate smaller ears. Struck out on that as well.”
Mrs. Obama selected Baltimore-based Amy Sherald for her striking black and white portrait, and said she was “a little overwhelmed, to say the least” at seeing it for the first time.
Her husband also heaped praise on Sherald, telling her: “Amy, I want to thank you for so spectacularly capturing the grace and beauty and intelligence and charm and hotness of the woman I love.”
The Obamas’ are the first former POTUS and FLOTUS to commission African-American artists to paint their portraits, making them among the most hotly anticipated pictures in decades.
The Nigerian-born artist, Kehinde Wiley, was born in Los Angeles, California in 1977.
His father is Yoruba from Nigeria, and his mother is African-American.
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