Microsoft Rewards Bing Homepage Quiz: Which famous figure had their portrait painted by Kehinde Wiley?
A Nelson Mandela
B Rosa Parks
C Barack Obama
Wiley first gained attention in the early 2000s with his vibrant portraits of Black men and women. These works often referenced the classical 18th-century portraits of Western Europe. But the artist toyed with those conventions by depicting figures in modern clothing.
Despite the popularity of Wiley’s work, many were surprised when former President Barack Obama chose the artist to paint his official portrait. The result met with widespread praise, though some thought it too abstract. All could agree, however, that it stands out from the other paintings of previous presidents hanging in the National Portrait Gallery.
The correct answer is Barack Obama.