Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
Who is depicted here?
For that piece, Kehinde Wiley did not actually give us the name of the sitter. For many of his works, Wiley asks men that he meets on the street to pose for his work (although he has admitted to sometimes using models). We don't know for this piece if this is one of the men he met on the street or if this is a model.
Wiley's process of painting these portraits is very interesting. He often collaborates with the men he paints, letting them chose their poses from art history books and letting them pose in their favorite clothes. This pose is based on a painting titled "Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple."