The official portraits of former president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled to the public Monday at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Kehinde Wiley was responsible for Barack Obama’s portrait. Wiley is known for his fearless and intense portrayals of people of color. He fuses the everyday nature of his subjects with “Classical European portraiture,” according to TIME.
FLOTUS’ portrait was crafted by artist Amy Sherald. She is known for “using a grayscale to paint skin tones as a way of challenging the concept of color-as-race.”
TheGrio.com has scoured both Wiley and Sherald’s IG pages for more examples of their stunning visuals. Here are 5 portraits from Kehinde Wiley first, followed by 5 from Amy Sherald: