A Nigerian-American artist, Kehinde Wiley was among other international personalities that were honoured by Harvard University on Thursday.
Wiley was honoured alongside Florence Ladd, Kenneth Chenault, Shirley Ann Jackson, Pamela Joyner, Bryan Stevenson, Dave Chappelle, and Colin Kaepernick.
Wiley, born in Los Angeles, California, is an American artist best known for portraits that feature African Americans in the traditional settings of Old Master paintings.
Wiley’s early work consists of Photo-Realistic paintings of men, whom he had met on the streets in Harlem, set against a floral background. In all of his work, he combines a wide range of references from classical painting and pop culture.
They were awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal by Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The W. E. B. Du Bois Medal is Harvard’s highest honor in the field of African and African American studies.
It is awarded to individuals in the United States and across the globe in recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind.
Recipients have included scholars, artists, writers, journalists, philanthropists, and public servants whose work has bolstered the field of African and African American studies.