UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have been hung at their new home at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
Portraits of the 44th president and his wife were unveiled on Feb. 12 at the National Portrait Gallery, which houses the only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House.
They are the first presidential portraits created by African American artists.
Artist Kehinde Wiley painted Barack Obama sitting in a chair, arms crossed and leaning forward with an intense expression. The greenery in the background is symbolic of the 56-year-old’s upbringing.
Obama joked at the unveiling that he tried to negotiate for less gray hair and smaller ears.
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama said that she was “overwhelmed” by her portrait, painted by artist Amy Sherald.