Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley creates large-scale oil paintings of contemporary African American subjects in poses that recall grand traditions of European and American portraiture. His models—real people dressed in their own clothing, including President Obama—assume poses adapted from historic paintings. Wiley’s portraits often feature ornate and decorative backgrounds, elements of which surround and sometimes weave around his subjects. His works address the politics of race and power in art, drawing attention to the pervasive lack of representation of people of color in the art world.

Things to do in St. Louis

  • 1. Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt. Read More
  • 2. How We See Materiality and Color Opens at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Read More
  • 3. Muny Memories. Read More
  • 4. Twilight Tuesdays at the Missouri History Museum. Read More
Sign Up
HEC-TV NewsLetter

Playing Now

  • 17:30 | African American Authors
  • 18:00 | Books Presented by HEC Media
  • 18:30 | Books Presented by HEC Media
  • 19:00 | HEC Media Documentary
  • 19:30 | Two on the Aisle