25 Awesome Contemporary Portrait Artists

Kehinde Wiley

Genre: Painting

Wiley has made a name for himself by painting young black men in the style of solemn, regal portraiture that was once the realm of dead white guys. He invites young men he meets around his hometown of New York to pose in the style of an Old Master portrait, then adds a colorful backdrop and a little flair. Recently, Wiley has taken his operation international, painting people from Brazil, India, Israel, and elsewhere in styles inspired by traditional forms from their respective locales.

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