UN Car Burning I
Born in Abidjan (CI) in 1983, Aboudia graduated from the Institut des Arts (Abidjan) in 2005. He often works under his common name Aboudia, rather than his real name Abdoulaye Diarrassouba. Growing up in Côte d'Ivoire amidst military coups and civil wars, Aboudia continuously portrays violence and anxiety in his works. The sound of artillery, the destruction of cities, and the daily loss of human lives, all are reflected directly on his canvases while hiding in his studio’s basement. Soldiers, bullets, and violence - everything associated with death is depicted vividly. While inheriting the essence of traditional African art and design, Aboudia’s dark worldview is depicted through his street-like intensive paint strokes, which are often compared to artists such as Dubuffet and Basquiat. His works have been exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, and Saatchi Gallery, along with numerous art fairs and galleries around the world, Solidifying his status as one of the most sought-after African artists.