Story By Ginger Nkem
Kehinde Wiley aged 41 years was born in Los Angeles, California in 1977. His father is from the Western Part of Nigeria known as the Yoruba’s, while his mother is an African-American.
Wiley though born of a Nigerian descent has visited home once at the age of 20 owning to the fact that he did not grow up with his Father but his Mother. Who enrolled him in an after school art classes at the age of 12 in Russia.
He earned his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and his MFA from Yale University, School of Art in 2001.
Some of his notable achievements ; Artist of the Year Award from the New York City Art Teachers Association/United Federation of Teachers which he received October2011, the Canteen Magazine’s Artist of the Year Award.
In 2008 His work was exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Recognize exhibit in 2008.
Puma AG also commissioned Wiley to paint four portraits