Born in 1983 - Cote D'Ivoire


Aboudia, whose real name is Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, is an Ivorian painter born in 1983. After his graduation from the Abidjan Technical Center of Applied Arts in 2005, Aboudia witnessed the armed conflict in 2011 and particularly the battle of Abidjan, that marked him deeply. Aboudia lives and works in Abidjan.

Aboudia represents in his paintings things he has witnessed during the months of war: violent crowds, terrified civilians, dead people, weapons... His paintings impress by their colourful, wild, childlike style and the very large formats; they are sometimes up to four meters long. His works are inspired by the graffiti on the walls of Abidjan made by young people expressing their anger or their dreams.

Like a street painter, Aboudia captures the energy in the streets of Abidjan; he often creates series of paintings. He is one of the rising starts of African.

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ArtStage (Singapore)
Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin (Germany)
Volta Art Fair New York (US)
Ethan Cohen Gallery New York (US)
Art Basel, Basel (Switzerland)
Jack Bell Gallery London (UK)

2012 - 2013
Jack Bell Gallery London (UK)
The Nevada Museum (US)
Galerie Cecile Fakhoury Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
1.54 London (UK)
Art Basel Miami USA
Johanesburg Art Fair

Villa Kaïdin artistic residency, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
Jack Bell Gallery, London (UK)
Centre Goethe Institute Johannesburg (South Africa)
"Les Fantomes", Jack Bell Gallery, London (UK)
Rotonde des Arts, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
“New works” au Lab 2.0, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
Salon International des Arts Plastiques d’Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

“Arkadi”, 13ème edition, Centre Culturel Français, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
“Lion’s Art”, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
BICICI bank headquarters, friends of art, edition 6, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
Group show, part of the Ivorian 50th independence celebrations (Ivory Coast)

“Arkadi”, 12ème edition, Centre Culturel Français, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
Centre Culturel Franco-Guinéen, Conakry (Guinea)
“Pinceaux d’Afrique”, Stockholm (Sweden)

Palais de la Culture, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

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