Ivorian artist draws on roots in 'Mogo Dynasty' show

Ivorian painter Aboudia, who became known for his 2010-2011 works on the post-electoral crisis in his country, paints at his studio in AbidjanAbidjan (AFP) – “Some people said I’d wasted my life, that I should be a doctor, do something else,” recalls Aboudia, an Ivorian painter with international fame and a big show this month in Abidjan. Aboudia grew up as Abdoulaye Diarrasouba, a youth who still readily speaks Nouchi, the street dialect of working-class districts in Ivory Coast’s economic capital. “My paintings are the Africa of today,” Aboudia asserts in front of a piece called “The Death of the King”.

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