“So much of my work has to do with this difference between the way that the outside world sees a black body and the way that you inhabit it yourself, that cognitive distance between two-dimensional stereotypes versus the flavor in my mouth, the feel in my skin, the way that someone looks at me, the shock or the surprise or the welcome that appears in another human being’s body. It’s a very corporeal thing, it’s a very ideational thing, and I think at its best it’s something that we have to come to terms with as viewers, as Americans, as art consumers.”
Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley discusses his background, work, process, philosophy, and art historical influences on the occasion of the exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.