Kehinde Wiley is an inspirational figure in the world of art and a perfect choice.
The presidential portrait has a long, storied history dating all the way back to George Washington.
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On Feb. 12, Barack and Michelle Obama's likenesses were added to the collection.
The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery unveiled the portrait of former President Barack Obama, immortalizing the 44th president for future generations. The oil painting, created by New York-based visual artist Kehinde Wiley, shows Obama perched atop a chair against a backdrop of rich ivy. On the verge of tears at times during his speech, Wiley remarked on his "obsession with chance" and how that put him in the room with America's first black president.
Kehinde Wiley's portrait of Barack Obama. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images.