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Nigerian American Artist Kehinde Wiley Paints Barack Obama Official Portrait

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Monday Feb 12, 2018 – Nigerian American Artist Kehinde Wiley Hired To Paint Barack & Michelle Obama Official Portraits For The National Portrait Gallery Washington DC

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC has announced that Barack and Michelle Obama handpicked Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to paint their official portraits, making them the first Black artists to be commissioned to paint a presidential couple for the National Portrait Gallery. .

On Monday morning, the Obamas unveiled Wiley and Sherald’s work at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and as expressed by Michelle Obama, they were “overwhelmed.” “I’m thinking of all the girls of color who will come and see someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American Institution,” said Michelle Obama during the ceremony.

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“And I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives, because I was one of those girls.”

Wiley is a New York-based Nigerian American visual artist known for implementing western ideals of style in his hyperrealist portraits of urban Black and brown men against floral backgrounds, and Sherald, an up-and-coming Baltimore-based artist known for using gray skin tones for her subjects, as well as painting cultured portraits of Black women.



  1. Nifemi Brooklyn

    February 12, 2018 at 9:54 PM

    This is the kind of report I love to read about Nigeria.
    Kehinde Wiley is a Nigerian but he doesn’t associate with them

  2. Mon

    February 13, 2018 at 5:31 AM

    Good one…

  3. iron bar

    February 13, 2018 at 5:45 AM

    Even with our breakthroughs and talents.dem still call us sht hole nation .congrats mr artist

  4. DB

    February 13, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Unfortunately, Naija pressy wont be needing a painting. Just paint cows sha. Nice work there

  5. james

    February 13, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    They call you shithole because you prefare the life of a cow more than the life of human.people with their senses never behave so it is the land of shithole that behave this way.
    Congratulation the Nigerian American brother,dont ever try to come back here to esterblish, the heardsmen will kill you because they dont know your value and worth,as the see all Nigerians as lees than cows.

  6. fifelomo

    February 13, 2018 at 5:44 PM


  7. Martins

    February 14, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Are we not a shithole? Truth is always better, when someone chooses to say the truth he or she will be prosecute, Donald Trump is saying the real truth which our leaders knows. Please give high gbosa for the man way sabi for his good job.

  8. Jilo

    February 14, 2018 at 3:30 PM

    Nigerians always triumphs in foreign lands or wherever there’s a good governance but back home, those selfish leaders will not even allow him to exhibit his potentials. There are lot of Nigerians that are more successful outside because they take advantage of the opportunity which their second home had designed for its citizens. My advice to all Nigerians is to shun the forthcoming election and speak up for better governance.

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