Abidjan, b.1983

Aboudia

Aboudia's multi-layered paintings offer simultaneity of images and meanings that conduct a continuous discourse with each other and with the viewer. In any glance the eye takes in one or other layer, which is soon overcome by the next. We are aware of the vivid, brutal pageant of contemporary Africa weaving before us like a fabric of consciousness - soldiers, skulls, African fetishes, flashes of street life - expressed with a naïf vitality. The surfaces deploy fragments, cuttings, from bits of comic strips, magazine ads, newspaper images, set into the paintings' overall compositions so as to suggest current events cohering through the imagination into a troubled and troubling vision.

In the end though, the artist's gift of cohesion transforms chaos into vitality, painful events to esthetic redemption, so one is...

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Biography

Aboudia's multi-layered paintings offer simultaneity of images and meanings that conduct a continuous discourse with each other and with the viewer. In any glance the eye takes in one or other layer, which is soon overcome by the next. We are aware of the vivid, brutal pageant of contemporary Africa weaving before us like a fabric of consciousness - soldiers, skulls, African fetishes, flashes of street life - expressed with a naïf vitality. The surfaces deploy fragments, cuttings, from bits of comic strips, magazine ads, newspaper images, set into the paintings' overall compositions so as to suggest current events cohering through the imagination into a troubled and troubling vision.

In the end though, the artist's gift of cohesion transforms chaos into vitality, painful events to esthetic redemption, so one is able to see the whole as a changeable tide forever renewing hope.

Artworks

4

Horns, Voodoo, and White Crown, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Abidjan / Acrylic on Canvas / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Painting / Advertisement Images / Africa / African Art / African Culture / Animation/Cartoon/Comic Books / Art of the 2010s / Contemporary African Art / Côte d'Ivoire / Dense Composition / Face/Body (Human Figures) / Faux Naïf / Folk Beliefs/Superstitions / Mass Media Images / Mixed Media Art / Mixed Media Painting / Oil Pastel / Painting / Social Issues / Spray Paint / Young/Emerging Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Anges Déchus, Jack Bell Gallery, London

  • 2018

    Djoly Du Mogoba, Jack Bell Gallery, London

  • 2017

    Aboudia, Gawa Dangoro, Jack Bell Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

  • 2020

    Variations in Line, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • 2019

    Fears of Art, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • Winter Group Show, Out of African Gallery, Barcelona

Achievement

  • 2018

    Opened the Aboudia Foundation, Bingerville, Côte d'Ivoire

  • 2011

    February: Honorary mention in German TV ZDF documentary about the post election crisis in Ivory Coast (ZDF Infokanal)

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Curriculum Vitae

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Anges Déchus, Jack Bell Gallery, London

  • 2018

    Djoly Du Mogoba, Jack Bell Gallery, London

  • 2017

    Aboudia, Gawa Dangoro, Jack Bell Gallery, London

  • Where Are You Diana Fardon?, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • Light & Dark, Thompson Gallery, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • Talking Faces, Piasa, Paris

  • 2016

    Talking Heads, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • I HAVE A DREAM, Out of Africa Gallery, Barcelona

  • Aboudia, Bombe Fantome, Jack Bell Gallery, London

  • Môgô Dynasty, Galerie Cecile Fakhoury, Abidjan

  • 2015

    Nouchi Dream, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • Sossoroh Urbain, Jack Bell Gallery, London

  • 2014

    African Dawn, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • Trin Trin Ba-By, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

  • 2013

    Quitte Le Pouvoir, Jack Bell Gallery, London

  • 2012

    Les Derniers Travaux d’Aboudia, Galerie Cecile Fakhoury, Abidjan

  • 2011

    The Battle for Abidjan, Jack Bello Gallery, London

  • Solo exposition, Goethe-Institute, Johannesburg

  • New works, Lab 2.0, Abidjan

  • 2009

    Centre Culturel Franco-Guinéen, Conakry, Guinea

Group Exhibitions

  • 2020

    Variations in Line, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • 2019

    Fears of Art, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • Winter Group Show, Out of African Gallery, Barcelona

  • 1-54 Marrakech, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Morocco

  • 2018

    Talent Show, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • VOLTA New York, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • VOLTA Basel 14, Ethan Cohen Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

  • Rassemblement, Jack Bell Gallery, London

  • Art Miami, Ethan Cohen Gallery, Miami, Florida

  • 2017

    Orphans of Painting, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • Devil in Disguise, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

  • Regarding Africa, Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism, Tel Aviv

  • Museum of Art, Israel

  • Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

  • VOLTA Basel 13 with Ethan Cohen Gallery

  • Art Central Hong Kong, Ethan Cohen New York

  • 2016

    Art Stage Singapore, Ethan Cohen New York

  • 2015

    PANGAEA II, Saatchi Gallery, London

  • VOLTA BASEL, Ethan Cohen New York

  • FLAUNT: Africa New Wave, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • Art Miami, Ethan Cohen New York

  • 2014

    Art Stage Singapore, Ethan Cohen New York

  • Scope New York, Ethan Cohen New York

  • Art Lima, Ethan Cohen New York

  • PANGAEA, Saatchi Gallery, London

  • VOLTA Basel, Ethan Cohen New York

  • Art Silicon Valley, Ethan Cohen New York

  • BATIK d’AFRIQUE, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York

  • 2013

    A Collection Selction, Nevada Museum, Nevada, USA

  • Galerie Cecile Fakhoury Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire

  • 2012

    Aujourd’hui je travaille avec mon petit fils Aboudia, in collaboration with Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan

  • Revue de l’Art Modern et Contemporain en Côte d’Ivoire, Rotonde des Arts, Abidjan

  • Salon International des Arts Plastiques d’Abidjan Les Fantomes, Jack Bell Gallery, London

  • 2010

    Group exhibition at the Centre Culturel Français, Abidjan, Arkadi, 13ème edition

  • Lion’s Art, Abidjan

  • Group exhibition at the BICICI bank headquarters, friends of art, edition 6, Abidjan

  • Group exhibition as part of the Ivorian 50th independence celebrations

  • 2009

    Group exhibition at Centre Culturel Français, Abidjan, Arkadi, 12ème edition

  • Pinceaux d’Afrique, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2008

    Stage set design for the play Îles de tempête de Bernard Dadié, Abidjan

  • 2007

    Group exhibition at Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Palais de la Culture

Achievement

  • 2018

    Opened the Aboudia Foundation, Bingerville, Côte d'Ivoire

  • 2011

    February: Honorary mention in German TV ZDF documentary about the post election crisis in Ivory Coast (ZDF Infokanal)

Collections

  • Saatchi Gallery collection, UK

  • Jean Pigozzi collection

  • François Pinault collection

  • Olympic Games 2012

  • Palais de la Culture, Abidjan

  • Centre Culturel Franco-Guinéen, Conakry, Guinea

  • Embassy of Ivory Coast, Conakry, Guinea

  • Governor of Abidjan

  • City Hall of Bingerville, Abidjan

  • The BICICI bank