Working exclusively in portraiture, Kehinde Wiley fuses traditional formats and motifs with modern modes of representation. Selecting works from old masters like Peter Paul Rubens or Jacques-Louis David, Wiley replaces the historical figures with handsome young black men. In his related, ongoing World Stage series, Wileys heroic figures are depicted in front of colorful background patterns that make specific reference to textiles and decorative patterns of various cultures, from 19th-century Judaica paper cutouts to Martha Stewarts interior color swatches. Wileys penchant for jarring juxtapositions stems from his desire to complicate notions of group identity. How do we go beyond the media stereotypes about national identity? he has said. I don't really think about myself as a young gay black American, nor do I interface with my Brazilian or Mexican or Jewish friends that way.