The painter, following a headline-grabbing portrait commission of former U.S. president Barack Obama, has recently opened up Black Rock Senegal in Dakur.
Wiley first visited Senegal when he was 19 years old, as he was visiting Nigeria in search of his estranged birth father. He returned in 2008. “I was invited there years ago and fell in love with the small simplicity of it, its coastal feel,” he says. “It has more of a manageable bite-sized quality to it. It’s my first stab at doing something in West Africa. It’s almost a training ground.”