Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast 1983. Lives and works in Abidjan. Depicts fevered landscapes and street scenes populated by child-like figures. “African Dawn” powerfully showcases Aboudia’s trademark “nouchi” style, drawn from the street culture of children in his home city. The work is informed by their ubiquitous graffiti around Abidjan and free-form street language, known as nouchi, as a form of dreamscape in response to privation. Rendered in oil sticks, acrylics and collage, his works are noted for brutal lines of color applied to heavily-layered background collages, details of newspaper and magazine cutouts ingeniously encircled by drawings fall in and out of focus. His incomparable expression of lost innocence and enduring childhood dreams exemplifies currents in African contemporary art and its peaking international relevance. His style encompasses influences from Michel Basquiat, James Brown, Francesco Clemente, Mimmo Paladino. Aboudia's work has been exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Nevada Museum, Royal Academy Summer Show 2017 and Saatchi Gallery among others. aboudiart.com Photo by Laurent Diby. Imagine courtesy of the artist.