1983 born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Aboudia's multi-layered paintings offer a 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 naif 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.
ABOUDIA: Nouchi Dream
May 15th - June 20th, 2015
ABOUDIA: African Dawn
April 10 -May 5, 2014
ABOUDIA: LIGHT AND DARK THOMPSON GALLERY, MA
March 28 - June 9, 2017
ABOUDIA: HIGHLIGHTS OF ART CENTRAL HONG KONG
March 27 2017 – April 1 2018
Huffington Post: 10 Contemporary African Artists You Don't Know But Should
Recently, Bonhams hosted the world's first African contemporary art sale, "Africa Now," capturing on a microcosmic scale the expansive range falling under the umbrella of African art today. The show set numerous world records, proving that if you aren't familiar with Africa's leading artistic forces, you best take note. Below are 10 contemporary artists whose names you should have on your radar.
Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America
The second instalment of Saatchi's Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America opened on 4th March 2015 showing contemporary work from artists working in an area covering Africa to Latin America, featuring works by Ethan Cohen New York artist ABOUDIA from Abidjan, Ivory Coast. For further information on the exhibition please visit their website.
Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America
"Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America" opens in Saatchi Gallery in London, UK on April 2nd, 2014, featuring works by ECNY artist ABOUDIA from Abidjan, Ivory Coast. For further information on the exhibition please visit their website.