Opting to work on found objects, usually cardboard in homage to his subjects, Boua uses layers of acrylic paint and tar, which he strips and fades away, in order to create the highly textured and abstracted figurative compositions for which he is most known. His figures appear to effortlessly meld into the rest of the composition, ignoring the confines of their young bodies.
By using a rather aggressive technique in combination with a subject matter that is charged with such jovial and youthful energy, Boua imbues his work with an atmosphere of both crippling violence and childlike innocence. The overall distressed and out-of-focus appearance of a work by Armand Boua evokes a sense of recollection, or rather the struggle to recollect. Living and working in Abidjan, the artist continues to be dedicated to drawing attention to the lives of the children that are quickly fading into the background of society.
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