While Obama has been serving our country over the last two terms, Photographer Camilo José Vergara has been seeking out and documenting folk art paintings of the president in urban neighborhoods. And we thank him for it, because the results are incredible.
The neighborhoods the artist chose were generally poor, suffering from disinvestment and typically majority African-American. “In black neighborhoods around the country, it’s easy to see what President Barack Obama means to residents: just look for the nearest mural, where he often appears, painted alongside figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. or Jesus,” explains the Huffington Post.
“To Vergara, the paintings show hope, patriotism and ‘the feeling that Obama is the product of the African-American experience and African-American history,’ sentiments he said have endured over the years.”
[via Huffington Post]