Aboudia (b.1983, Ivory Coast)

Born in 1983 in Bingerville, Ivory Coast, Aboudia went on graduate the Centre Technique des Arts Appliqués (CTAA), in his home town. Although Aboudia gained much of his stylistic identity from his time as a street artist, he ignored the advice of his parents and the grumblings of his advisors who wanted him to continue working on the streets, and began his career as a painter. 

Though Aboudia became known to the international art community through his work covering the battles in Abidjan, he refuses to be categorised as a 'war painter'. His body of work, which he himself describes as “nouchi”, is a tribute to the essence of dreams and language. He uses materials within easy reach to express the maximum with a minimum of resources.

Aboudia has found much international success; he contributed to the giant fresco adorning the wall of Abidjan’s Palais de la Culture and held his first solo exhibition in 2009 at the French-Guinean Cultural Center in Guinea-Conakry. That same year, his paintings were included in the collective "Arkadi" exhibition organised by the French Cultural Center in Abidjan. In 2011, Aboudia received international critical acclaim for his paintings documenting the battle of Abidjan. In June of that year the Jack Bell Gallery in London held an exhibition of his paintings, four of which are now in the permanent collection of the Saatchi Gallery. Since summer 2011, Aboudia has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and, by invitation of the Goethe Institute, attended a conference on the role of art during wartime in South Africa. In 2012, among other Ivorian artists, Aboudia participated in an Abidjan exhibition on the sidelines of the biennale "DAKART" in Senegal.

Aboudia b.1983

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