The opulent and rich colors of Brazil are visible in the work selected for the Official Art Print Edition 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ from Kehinde Wiley’s “World Stage: Brazil” cycle. “World Stage: Brazil” is a series of portraits of Afro-Brazilian men from different walks of life. The portrait selected represents Brazil’s new young and self-confident generation.
Kehinde Wiley (1977-) is a New York-based portrait painter who is known for his highly naturalistic paintings of men in heroic poses. Wiley's painting style has been compared to that of traditional portraitists as Gainsborough, Titian and Ingres. Rendered in a realistic mode while making references to specific Old Master paintings,Wiley creates a fusion of period styles, ranging from French Rococo, Islamic architecture and West African textile design to urban hip hop. His slightly larger than life size portraits are based on photographs of young men who he sees on the street. He painted men from Harlem’s 125th Street and from South Central neighborhood where he was born. Dressed in street clothes, his models were asked to assume poses from the paintings of Renaissance masters, such as Tiziano Vecellio and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.