The tradition started with George H. Bush, in which an artist is
commissioned to create a portrait of the president and the first lady
after their tenure.
Obama’s predecessors have preferred to sit for 90-year old portrait
artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, who has painted eight US presidents,
but Obama chose to go with Kehinde.
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery made the announcement yesterday.
first lady Michelle Obama has chosen Baltimore-based painter Amy
Sherald to paint her portrait. Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald will be the
first black artists to create official presidential portraits for the
Kehinde Wiley is known for lush, larger-than-life portraits that overlay black street culture with European classical motifs.
He is believed to be an exciting choice for the presidential portrait.
Throughout his career, Kehinde has become renowned for creating
portraits of African American men, including the Notorious B.I.G., LL
Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Ice T, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five,
Michael Jackson, and more