Wiley was born in 1977 in south central Los Angeles to a Nigerian father and African-American mother, but didn’t grow up with his father at home. At the age of 20, however, he traveled to Nigeria to find him.
He is best known for creating naturalistic paintings featuring African-Americans in heroic poses.
Wiley is known for taking the saints, prophets and heroes of Old Master paintings and replacing them with black men and women dressed in hip-hop or African attire.
He was hand picked, along with another artist, to paint their Presidential Portraits.