Aboudia was born in 1983 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Lives and works between Abidjan, New York and USA. He is known for his large-scale, colorful, energetic paintings on canvas. His paintings have been acquired and exhibited by major collections worldwide, including the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) Jean Pigozzi in Geneva, the Frank Cohen Collection in London and Manchester, and the Saatchi Gallery in London.


Special Etude, 2012


Untitled, 2013

He represents the horrors of the Ivorian Civil War, his urban landscapes are full of armed soldiers, and skulls. Yet Aboudia refuses to be categorised as a ‘war painter’.

The composition is caotic and excited. The lines are flowing like in the series ‘untitled tete’ (2014) but also diagrammatic and nearly geometric in a lot of other composition. For many peole the vitality of his style recalls Basquiat, while the darker undercurrents and themes describe a battlefield straight out of Goya.


Untitled, 2013



Basquiat, 1982


Untitled Tete, 2014


Untitled Tete, 2014


Untitled, 2014


  • 2007: Group exhibition at Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Palais de la Culture
  • 2008: Stage set design for the play “Îles de tempête” de Bernard Dadié, Abidjan
  • 2009: Group exhibition at Centre Culturel Français, Abidjan, “Arkadi”, 12ème edition
  • Solo exhibition at Centre Culturel Franco-Guinéen, Conakry, Guinea
  • Group exhibition “Pinceaux d’Afrique”, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2010: Group exhibition at the Centre Culturel Français, Abidjan, “Arkadi”, 13ème edition
  • Group exhibition “Lion’s Art”, Abidjan
  • Group exhibition at the BICICI bank headquarters, friends of art, edition 6, Abidjan
  • Group exhibition as part of the Ivorian 50th independence celebrations
  • 2011: February: Aboudia is mentioned in a German TV ZDF documentary about the post
  • election crisis in Ivory Coast (ZDF Infokanal)
  • March: Moving to Villa Kaïdin as residence artist
  • April: International press attention for his crisis and war paintings
  • June 22 – Sept. 1: Solo exhibition at Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK
  • July: First visit to London
  • August: Saatchi Gallery, UK bought two canvases from Aboudia
  • Sept. 7 – 9: Invitation of German Culture Centre Goethe Institute Johannesburg,
  • South Africa for the conference “Über(W)unden – Art in troubled times”
  • Sept. 9 – Oct. 10: Solo exposition at Goethe-Institute, Johannesburg
  • September: Saatchi Gallery, UK bought two more canvases from Aboudia
  • Sept. 22 – Oct. 29: Group exposition at Jack Bell Gallery, London (Les Fantomes)
  • Sept. 29 – Dec. 29: Group exposition at Rotonde des Arts, Abidjan
  • Revue de l’Art Modern et Contemporain en Côte d’Ivoire”
  • November: Solo exposition “New works” at Lab 2.0, Abidjan
  • Dec. 1 – 10: Group exposition “Salon International des Arts Plastiques d’Abidjan”
  • 2012 – 2013
  • Exhibitions at Jack Bell Gallery London
  • Exhibition at the Nevada Museum USA
  • Exhibitions at Galerie Cecile Fakhoury Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire

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