The Jean Pigozzi African Art Collection

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