Contemporary and tribal African art
Director: Sorella Acosta
Address: Carrer Nou 1
Location: 08870 Sitges
Timetable: Monday - Sunday: 11 - 14h and 18 - 20.30h; Saturday: since 21h; Tuesday and Wednesday, only afternoon
Group show with different artists represented by the gallery: Aboudia – Méné – Bodo Fils – Anjel – Evans Mbugua – Fran Martí – Ilídio Candja Candja – Médéric Turay – Miquel Arnal – Remy Samuz – Sadikou Oukpedjo -
Wycliffe Mundopa – Sébastien Bouchard – Mimouni – Siaka Soppo Traore
During the month of January and February, Out of Africa gallery is organising a collective exhibition that highlights the works of six artists represented by the gallery: ABOUDIA, ANJEL, Sébastien BOUCHARD, Evans MBUGUA, MÉNÉ i Méderic TURAY.
All are artists known for their freedom of tone and the originality of their expressive language and their works, which have been selected for their visual impact, their energy and their optimism.
ABOUDIA, ANJEL, Sébastien BOUCHARD, Evans MBUGUA, MÉNÉ i Méderic TURAY.
Born in 1983, Aboudia, real name Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, graduated from the CTAA (Technological Centre of Applied Arts) in Bingerville, although he acquired his style in the school of life on the streets. He chose to become a painter against the wishes of his parents and teachers who predicted he would become a tag artist. Although he was acclaimed by the international community of art critics and journalists for his work narrating the confrontations during the Abidjan civil war, Aboudia refuses to be considered a war artist.
His favourite subject are street children. The Abobo railway station has always been a source of inspiration because it is a living and popular place. Many marginalized kids meet there. Because I noticed that these kids drew on the neighbourhood walls to express what was deep within them, it occurred to me - as I had also been there - to try and reflect on canvas the message portrayed by their pictures".
In 2011, Aboudia was acclaimed for his canvases, which documented the battle for Abidjan. In June of the same year he exhibited at the Jack Bell Gallery in London and at the Goethe Institute of Johannesburg, South Africa. From 2013, the artist is represented by Ethan Cohen in New York, The Saatchi Gallery in London and by the Gallerie Cécile Fakhoury in Abidjan.
« Aboudia is the most globally recognized of the young African new wave artists. I have shown Aboudia’s paintings all over the world – New York, Basel, Miami, Hong Kong, Singapore, San Francisco, Lima. Everywhere I go, people find the vivid colour, dynamism and raw honesty of his work highly compelling », Ethan Cohen.
His canvases, acrylics or oils featuring collage, are found in the major international collections and in particular in the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) of Jean Pigozzi, in Geneva, and in the Frank Cohen Collection in London as well as in the permanent collection of the The Saatchi Gallery of New York.