I first saw works by Kehinde Wiley in 2007 at the Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art, where I was on the board of trustees.
Wiley is an artist from Los Angeles who got an MFA from Yale's art school. His over-sized portrait paintings are highly realistic and colorful. Wiley finds young black men on the streets, invites them to pick a classic painting that appeals to them, and poses them in the manner of the classical artwork. Some of his paintings are modeled after portraits by Titian, Reynolds and Gainsborough.
The Wadsworth Atheneum shows a Wiley portrait based on Christ's pose in a 14th century Balkan painting, King in Glory. The background is inspired by a 19th century textile by William Morris.
If a museum near you ever mounts a Kehinde Wiley exhibition, go.