Aboudia, 'Untitled', 2015, Mixed media on canvas, 230 x 180 cm, Courtesy of Galerie Cécile Fakhoury
Aboudia, 'Untitled', 2015, Mixed media on canvas, 230 x 180 cm, Courtesy of Galerie Cécile Fakhoury 

Aboudia is known for his large-scale, heavily layered paintings. Often claustrophobic and oppressive yet brutally energetic, his paintings straddle an uneasy line between pathos and aggression. His portraits of local neighbourhood inhabitants are mixed with fragments of found comic strips, advertising leaflets, and other media. Since witnessing the Ivorian Civil War in 2011, Aboudia’s urban landscapes have been haunted by ominous signs of trauma and a society hemmed in by violence and danger. Yet, he refuses to be categorised as a war painter.

Aboudia’s paintings have been acquired and exhibited by major collections worldwide, including the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) of Jean Pigozzi in Geneva, Switzerland and the Frank Cohen Collection in London and Manchester, UK. His work was included in Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America (2014) and in the second installment, Pangaea II (2015), both held at the Saatchi Gallery, London, UK. Other exhibitions include In all Cases: A Collection Selection at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, USA (2013).