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Kehinde Wiley X Smithsonian NPG X Obama

It's been quite a year of breakthrough, so many have come to stand side by side and be a part of a more inclusive society. This week, Kehinde Wiley's Portrait of POTUS 44 - Barack Obama - was revealed and the whole world had something to say, including us!  

On February 13th, America discovered Kehinde Wiley - a New York-based artist born in Los Angeles, California. Wiley's impressive resume begins at the young age of 12, when he attended art school in Russia, then in 2001 he moved on to master the Fine Arts at Yale University. Since his graduation, Wiley exhibited his work in Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), to the Brooklyn Museum of Art - just to name a few. 

By painting Obama for the prestigious Smithsonian NPG, Wiley has made history. His distinct ability to capture current culture while keeping a lively element to his paintings makes every portrait instantly recognizable. His unique style brings a provocative yet tasteful element to the finished painting. Kehinde Wiley implements symbols to his portraits that have underlying significance to his subjects. Check out Obama's photo below, guess what kind of flowers are painted, and what they symboliz for a chance to win a FREE lifetime subscription to SOYYO Magazine.  

Kehinde Wiley