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Aboudia





Born 1983, Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Lives and works in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Aboudia is noted for his large-scale, heavily layered, brutally energetic paintings that combine an innocence and spontaneity with the portrayal of a dark interior world. His urban landscapes are haunted by armed soldiers, ominous skulls and a populace hemmed in by violence and danger. Often claustrophobic and oppressive, his painting achieves a careful balance between pathos and agression, and the vitality of his style often recalls Basquiat.

The riots that followed the disputed Ivorian presidential election in late 2010 greatly influenced Aboudia's painting. As the violence escalated, leading Ivory Coast * into civil war, daily life, in particularly the capital Abidjan, was thrown into turmoil. During this period, the artist took refuge in a basement studio and began a body of work responding to the horrors of the country's devastating political situation.

Aboudia is also a master of multi-layered imagery as he mixes with great energy characters from his direct neighbourhood and fragments of found comic strips, advertising and the media. His unrestrained use of violent figuration is a welcome reminder of the power of paint to suggest the vitality and chaos of life.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Masquerade, Galerie Cécile Fakhour, Dakar

2016
Môgô Dynasty, Galerie Cécile Fakhour, Abidjan

2015
Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen

2014
Trin Trin Ba-By, Jack Bell Gallery, London

2014
Nouchi City, Galerie Cécile Fakhour, Abidjan

2014
Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London

2014
Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

2013
Quitte le pouvoir : New Paintings by Aboudia,
Jack Bell Gallery, London

2011
The Battle for Abidjan, Jack Bell Gallery, London

2009
Centre Culturel Franco-Guinéen, Conakry, Guinea


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Kubatana, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway

2019
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Marrakech, Morocco

2018
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK

2018
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Marrakech, Morocco

2016
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK

2015
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York, USA

2015
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK

2014
Aboudia & Joel Andrianomearisoa,
Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin

2014
Sphère #7, GALLERIA CONTINUA, Les Moulins

2014
Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

2014
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK

2014
Volta Art Fair, New York

2014
Art Basel, Basel and Miami

2013
The FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012
Painters’ Painters, Saatchi Gallery, London (dates tbc)

2012
Aujourd’hui je travaille avec mon petit fils, Aboudia,
Galerie Cecile Fakhoury, Abidjan

2011
Les Fantomes, Jack Bell Gallery, London

2010
Arkadi, Centre Culturel Français, Abidjan
Lion’s Art, Abidjan
BICICI Bank, Abidjan

2009
Arkadi, Centre Culturel Français, Abidjan
Centre Culturel Franco-Guinéen, Conakry, Guinea
Pinceaux d’Afrique, Stockholm, Sweden

2007
Ivory Coast Palais de la Culture, Abidjan


BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019
1-54 New York
Art Africa Ltd. Fair Catalogue p.13