Aboudia paints complex visual universes on vast canvases which bring together many disparate fragments.
The young artist from the Republic of the Ivory Coast takes inspiration from his native country's torn political state; in 2011 he was forced to take refuge in an underground studio to escape from the severe violence in the aftermath of elections in the former capital city Abidjan.
Daloa 29, painted in the same year as the event, serves to record and work through the trauma, as an army of child-faced figures bare their teeth and weapons towards the viewer.
Aboudia's more recent works evoke everyday life in Abidjan, using vibrant colour, collaged newspaper cuttings, and tightly-packed, overlapping figures with distinctly erotic undertones. Cars, skyscrapers, television sets, photographs of traditional African sculpture and graffiti-esque scrawl also contribute to this visual symphony of contemporary urban life.
The artist combines various Western painting traditions such as Pop and Abstract Expressionism with his own style on mural size canvases that noisily demand the viewer's attention.
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