Aboudia claims that his work is deeply tied to the street art of the Ivorian youths or 'Nouchi', with whom he feels a kinship. Street art produced by Nouchi are often physical expressions of resilience, defiance as well as representations of the hopes and dreams of a people struggling on the sidelines of society.
Often compared to the bright and gestural works of Basquiat in style and the revealing and sombre works of Goya in theme, Aboudia masterfully combines ominous, dark and usually skull-like imagery with energetic and vibrantly coloured brushstrokes.
Executed in 2014, this present work is a continuation of Aboudia's exploration of life in post-civil war Abidjan and the daily hardships endured by the Ivorian people, especially the youth. Aboudia continues to create large multi-layered works in an attempt to bring to light both the immense struggles endured by the Ivorian people but also their relentless desire to overcome.
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