Serges Arthur Aboua

Né 1981 à Anyama, Côte d’Ivoire
Vit et travaille à Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Serges Arthur Aboua graduated from L'École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Abidjan in 2006. He has already exhibited his works at the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art and in galleries in Abidjan. In his works, he reflects the architectural and urban changes in Africa's big cities as well as the discrepancy between them and the rural and poor population.

In his current "Série Bleu", Aboua shows urban life in the metropolis of Abidjan, the economic capital of the Ivory Coast, which is also called "little Manhattan" because of its modern architecture and many skyscrapers. In his works, he thematises the tension of the individual in the anonymity of the big city, and the contrast of its population between wealth and poverty. At the same time, one also finds emblematic architectural buildings from Abidjan in his works.

His painting technique is characterised by virtuoso brushstrokes, subtle colour mixing and the direct application of paint onto the canvas. In some works he also uses everyday materials (newspaper cuttings, cardboard, fabric, beads, etc.), thus referring to the traditions of 20th century artistic movements. In his works, Aboua deconstructs the false assumption that there is only war, violence and poverty in Africa and shows a differentiated image of a modern and progressive Africa.

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