Kehinde Wiley is a New York-based portrait painter, who is known for his highly naturalistic paintings of people with black and brown skin in heroic poses. Kehinde Wiley was born in Los Angeles, California in 1977. His father is Yoruba from Nigeria, and his mother is African-American. As a child, his mother supported his interest in art and enrolled him in after school art classes. At the age of 12, he spent a short time at an art school in Russia.