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Nigeria’s Kehinde Wiley Paints Obama’s Official Portrait



40 year-old New York-based artist, Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of former United States President, Barack , has finally been unveiled.

’s portrait was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery alongside that of former first lady Michelle .

The paintings were revealed Monday at the gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian group of museums. The gallery has a complete collection of presidential portraits.

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“How about that? That’s pretty sharp,” said , who described the art as “extraordinary”. He said: “It’s my great honor to be here. It means so much to us.”

Kehinde Wiley, born to a Nigerian father and an African American mother, is world-renowned for his portraits of young black men adorned in the latest in hip-hop street style.

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