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All Things Kehinde

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These days it seems like Kehinde Wiley can do no wrong. The inspirational artist is from LA and based in NYC, but lately his heart is clearly in Brazil. Kehinde made his mark on the modern art world with his over-the-top paintings of contemporary African American men from Harlem’s 125th St., dressed in streetwear in a style evocative of Renaissance masters such as Titian and Tiepolo.

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As of recent, Kehinde has continued to impress with his artistic endeavors, releasing his newest book, The World Stage: Brazil, featuring a selection of 22 new portraits inspired by the local culture of Rio de Janeiro. This time around his models were chosen from the favela slums and reflect historically significant public sculptures found within the city. The backdrop is saturated with bright colors and tropical flowers, a continuation of Kehinde’s audacious style.

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Indomitable Lions, Cameroon’s National Football Team

Kehinde has also continued his partnership with PUMA and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for the “Play for Life” campaign. With the African Nations Cup of football/soccer taking place this month in addition to the World Cup 2010 in South Africa, the continent of Africa will be the center of global sport specific attention over the next few months.
Kehinde designed a number of items for the collaboration including laces, limited edition PUMA V1.10 cleats (only 302 pairs worldwide) and the world’s first continental football uniform, which will be worn by each of the 12 African football teams that PUMA sponsors during the run-up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa this June and July

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PUMA V1.10 Cleats

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Jochen Zeitz, Chairman and CEO PUMA with Samuel Etoo and Angela Cropper Deputy Executive Director UNEP

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