"The New York-based painter whose oil portraits of young black men refer to Renaissance masters, French rococo ornamentation and hip-hop culture. Two of Wiley’s works are on view at the Nasher Museum through Sept. 30 as part of the _Collected Identities_ show."
In an October 2006 article, Business Week said:
"Known for his unique style in which old European portraiture meets modern hip-hop culture, 29-year-old Kehinde Wiley has a waiting list in the hundreds for his work. “I’m blessed to be in the place actualize what’s going on through my head,” says Wiley. He says his dream is for his work to appear in more museums and steer clear of auction houses, as they reduce art to a commodity. Exhibiting up to eight new works every three to six months, Wiley could take in over $1.5 million in a year if he’s productive enough."Equestrian Portrait of the Count-duke Olivares, 2005
Big money aside, I find his images to be compelling, and I'm looking forward to learning more about Kehinde Wiley.
Details next week.