The artist who painted the official portrait of former united states president Barack Obama, Nigerian-born American, Kehinde Wiley made the 2018 TIME’s 100 most influential list in the area of art, leadership and pace-setters each year.
The 2018 list includes several members of the world of art and architecture.
Kehinde Wiley was was unveiled earlier this year at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
He has beeen classically, formally trained artist who is transforming the way African Americans are seen going against the grain of what the world is accustomed to.
October 2017, there was a report that revealed that at the end of each U.S presidency, the National Portrait Gallery partners with the White House to commission one official portrait each of the president and the first lady.
two decades, the Los Angeles-raised and New York City-based artist became known for his larger-than-life canvasses showing contemporary African Americans within centuries-old trappings of power and status. Many of his highly sought-after works, which sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, evoke Old Master paintings.
Rapper LL Cool J, who has previously sat for one of the artist’s portraits, noted in his write-up about Wiley. “Some of his subjects come from hip-hop culture, but he’s not a hip-hop painter. To put it simply, he does dope sh-t.”
Actors, painters, musicians, businessmen, political leaders, athletes – people from all walks of life who are making strides this year have been recognised.
The list contains actors, painters, musicians, businessmen, political leaders, athletes and people from all walks of life who are making remarkable contributions in their field.
It features a diverse group of Africans in each category like US-based South African comedian and Daily Show host Trevor Noah, whose profile was written by Hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o.
Kenyan anti-female genital mutilation activist Nice Nailantei Leng’ete and Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa who took office following the ousting of Robert Mugabe, were also among the Africans on the list.
The list also includes Rihanna, comedian Tiffany Haddish, “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler and actor Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown.
Stranger Things” actor Millie Bobby Brown, Lisa Waithe, Prince Harry & Meghan Markle, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman were also among those honoured.
The list includes people like Cardi B, who just released her debut album and Issa Rae, who signed to have two more shows on HBO