After his last exhibition « TOKYO » in Abidjan, the contemporary artist whose style implements components of spray painting and conventional African sculptures with a methodology that calls for comparisons with the style of the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Aboudia will propose for his first independent gallery exhibition in Paris « Enjaillement à Babi » at the Galerie Cécile Fakhoury from February 19 to March 12, 2022.
Discovered by his paintings that address the Ivorian youth in the post-election conflict, Aboudia has established himself as the leader of a generation of Ivorian visual artists who have become messengers of the difficulties overcome by the working class.
After a decade, the children of war have grown up. The weapons have disappeared from his paintings, but Aboudia has remained faithful to this crisis. The one who, from the beginning used the impact of graffiti, the superimposition of images and momentary signals to express himself only on the walls.
Abidjan was the capital overflowing with happiness, in this new series of works, Aboudia presents us with the jerky gestures of the coupe-decale or the more languorous rhythms of Afrobeat, making us vibrate to the musicality of the Abidjanese night of his city of origin.
Born in Abidjan, Aboudia was widely reported in the world press in 2011 for his statement on the Ivorian emergency of 2010-2011. In 2012, the Cécile Fakhoury gallery brought together his work and that of Ivorian artist Fréderic Bruly Bouabré for its inaugural exhibition. From that moment on, he began to be perceived on a local and global scene.
The one who is inspired by the works drawn by young people on the walls of Abidjan, in particular the famous neighborhoods of Abobo, Yopougon and Treichville looks at the daily life of the Ivory Coast, with a specific consideration of its set of experiences. His work retains for the most part a realistic, even dissident content.
A cosmopolitan artist, he continually moves between worlds and societies, and his works expose the real social factors of a changing African culture.
Since 2007, Aboudia‘s work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in cities such as Basel, Miami, New York, Singapore, Lagos, Hong Kong, biennials, fairs and auctions.
The exhibition « Enjaillement à Babi » is open from February 19 to March 12, 2022 at the Galerie Cécile Fakhoury in Paris at 29 avenue Matignon.