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 Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba  (1983 - )

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Lived/Active: Africa      Known for: painting

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Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

Aboudia's work is instantly recognizable.  His large mixed media collages fuse American avant-garde traditions with the street art of his native city, Abidjan.  Whilst acknowledging the influence of Jean-Michel Basquiat's bright color schemes and naively drawn figures, Aboudia prides himself on creating an individual aesthetic. Too many Ivorian artists, he claims, are content to "work in a traditional African style [or] copy famous western styles, giving them an 'African touch'".  Aboudia's art is driven by a desire to convey the essence of life in Abidjan, to give a voice to her youths.

Aboudia shot to international fame in 2011, during the siege of Abidjan.  Holed up in a basement, the artist continued to paint as rebel forces stormed the town.  The works produced during this period function as reportage, capturing the impact of the violence on civilians.  His work Dreams depicts the children of Abidjan, wide-eyed and rigid with terror at the atrocities they are witnessing.  Aboudia does not focus on the bloodshed itself, but on the subsequent human trauma.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Anon., 'Aboudia: African Dawn', Wall Street International, 10 April 2014.
N. Hoare, 'The Battle for Abidjan', Dazed Digital, 2012.
O. Reade, 'How to Paint Ghosts: An Interview with Aboudia', Africa Is A Country, 10 April 2013.

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