see.culture.made.radical: the visual history makers – kehinde wiley

November 22, 2013


There’s an obvious contrast between men dressed in bandanas, Nike sneakers, Timbaland boots, baggy pants and bright-colored floral patterns, French Rococo backdrops. Kehinde Wiley is the one to thank for these genius creations! Who would ever think men from the inner city walking horses through the remote sands, and posing before riding off into the sunset would be so beautiful? Every portrait is different. Wiley focuses on painting people of the African diaspora in order to help motivate, and perfect the image of the Afro culture. While disturbing the boundaries of traditional art, he has paved a way lightened for similar talents to travel on.

By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor *
All artwork © Kehinde Wiley

Wiley’s form of non-traditional portraits is only the tip of the iceberg for viewers; the purpose may be to place onlookers into a time in history when those exact men riding horses actually practiced that way of commuting, minus the Western influenced style.

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