Fri, 14th Feb 2020 20:00

Aspire X PIASA | Modern & Contemporary African Art

Lot 122
Lot 122 - Abdoulaye Diarrassouba (Aboudia) (Cote d'Ivoire 1983-)


Abdoulaye Diarrassouba (Aboudia) (Cote d'Ivoire 1983-)

acrylic, pastel and collage on canvas

Artwork date: 2013

Sold for R147,940
Estimated at R130,000 - R160,000


acrylic, pastel and collage on canvas

Artwork date: 2013


100 x 139 cm


Aboudia was born in 1983 in Abidjan and works between Abidjan and Brooklyn, New York. He received widespread international attention in 2011 for his works which depicted the violence of the 2010 Ivorian crisis. While many are fleeing the civil war, Aboudia chooses to stay in the country and produce work despite the danger. Living in a cellar near the Golf Hotel, he leads a reclusive life while painting impressions of the human hostility he observes on a daily basis. His paintings are of children, but these are far from idealized images. The figures here are painted in a naïve sketchy and cursory manner. Their faces, in a state of permanent surprise, are not yet bored by the vision of scenes of ordinary violence. Aboudia paints in ‘Nouchi’ fashion, a mix of the various street styles which can be found on the walls of neighbourhoods around Abidjan which functions as a source of escape in response to deprivation. His work is sometimes compared to that of JeanMichel Basquiat, however, Aboudia, who does not compare to any other contemporary artist, claims multiple influences. During his initial visits to the Tate Modern, he was impressed by the large formats used by Jackson Pollock and the loose gestures of Cy Twombly. The street art in Abidjan, Tokyo, Silicon Valley and even more so of those in the Brooklyn district where he lives continue to inspire him. Aboudia’s artistic career has grown internationally following the Pangea I & II New Art from Africa and Latina America exhibitions at Saatchi in London. He is represented in New York, London, Paris and various countries in Africa.


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Auction: Aspire X PIASA | Modern & Contemporary African Art, Fri, 14th Feb 2020

Aspire Art Auctions partnered with Paris-based house Piasa, to introduce an Africa-focused auction presenting some of the best examples of modern and contemporary art produced on this continent. This was the first time an African and European auction house partnered to present a sale of African art, in Africa, for a global audience. 

The sale included 139 artists representing 27 countries from Africa and the diaspora and spotlighted key collecting segments from 20th century modernism to contemporary production and photography. The lead-lot, Marlene Dumas’ Oktober 1973 achieved a stellar R7,055,600 well above its high estimate of R3-5 million. Also on offer were some of the most in-demand African artists including Chéri Samba, Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, Gareth Nyandoro, Mustafa Maluka and William Kentridge.

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