Aboudia first drew international attention for his work chronicling the civil war that broke out in Abidjan in 2011. He has since become known for creating multi-layered, mixed-media paintings of Abidjan street scenes featuring child-like figures rendered in a style that draws from the aesthetics of graffiti and traditional African carvings and captures his subjects’ innocence as well as something much darker and chaotic. According to Aboudia, the laughter and tears of these children remain his driving force, and to provide concrete assistance to them and their mothers, he recently embarked on a new series of paintings, to be presented at ART X Lagos 2018, and set up the equity-based Aboudia Foundation, promising an ambitious programme of activities geared towards the social reintegration of the foundation’s beneficiaries.

Aboudia has held solo shows in New York, London and Barcelona, and his works are held in major international collections.

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