Some of may or may not know him but, Kehinde Wiley is a visual artist that I am truly inspired by. He's an LA native and currently a visual artist in NY. He received his MFA from Yale University and has submerged himself into art history portrait style paintings. Here are some of my favorites:
Prince Tommaso Francesco of Savoy
Alexander the Great in Variation
Yup..that's LL COOL J!
These images are so powerful, majestic and I am absolutely in love with the portrait usage of urban black and brown men with the mixture of the rich prestigious background with stylistic urban fabrics. It's just pure genius.
Check out his website to see more Kehinde Wiley