Armand Boua - artist

Armand Boua

Cote D'ivoire 1978


Armand Boua
Armand Boua
Cote D'ivoire
May 14, 2013
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Born in 1978, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Armand Boua illustrates his works based on the lives of street kids who testify to the violence and political struggles in West Africa. He wants to show the lives of these street children in a way that not so many people can relate to. Working in Abidjan, the economic capital at the crossroads of urbanization and industrialization, Boua experiences the Ivorian landscape with heightened sensitivity. His observations of children are drawn largely from street scenes where urban migrations create ethnic, linguistic, cultural and social entanglements that have come to enrich and problematize the region in equal measure.

Children abduction in Ivory Coast remains a chilling real issue with myths of human sacrifices and other rituals fulling the market for organs of the young, who also fall victim to sex trafficking, illegal adoption rings, and plantation labor. Boua’s subjects could be victims of such exploitation or symbols of hope and innocence. The severity of this crisis foreshadows the practice of the street-based artist, who sees the atrocities of man echoed in everyday life and gives them shape through painting and emotive movements.

Having studied in the National School of Fine Arts and the Technical Centre for Applied Arts both in Abidjan, he immersed himself deeply in the artistic world, depicting the real issues of the young volatile children. His principle is one born out of an engagement with found material, to which he applies his signature forms that invoke images and scenes in remembrance. Boua is noted for his textured and layered compositions, using tar and acrylic on found cardboard boxes. Each layer is applied and then scrubbed and stripped back, leaving abstract forms that come in and out of focus.

He achieves a careful balance between his heavy gestures and violent execution and the gentle treatment of his subject matter. When it comes to his paintings, Armand describes the plight of his subjects: I wanted to show their suffering, their way of life, so that people are finally aware of this painful reality they pretend not to see.

Featured image: Armand Boua – artist
Photo courtesy LKB/G Gallery

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2018Mogo de Poy-CityJack bell Gallery, London, UKSolo
2018Artistic Surgery for Broken FacesGallery PIASA, Paris, FRGroup
2017Children of AfricaCreate Hub Gallery, Dubai, UAESolo
2017Clache MoiJack Bell Gallery, London, UKSolo
20171:54 Contemporary African Art FairLondon, UKGroup
20171:54 Contemporary African Art FairNew York, USAGroup
2017Devil in disguiseJack Bell Gallery, London, UKGroup
20171:54 Contemporary African Art FairNew York, USAGroup
2016Forgotten PeopleEthan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, USASolo
2016Les zinzinsJack Bell Gallery, London, UKSolo
2016VOLTAEthan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, USAGroup
2016Art MiamiEthan Cohen Fine Arts, Miami, USAGroup
20161:54 Contemporary African Art FairLondon, UKGroup
2016Le penseurJack Bell Gallery, London, UKGroup
20161:54 Contemporary African Art FairNew York, USAGroup
2015Jossi a YopougonJack Bell Gallery, London, UKSolo
2015FLAUNT: Africa New WaveEthan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, USAGroup
2015Past Perfect / Future PresentChristie’s Curate, London, UKGroup
2015Studio LumiereJack Bell Gallery, London, UKGroup
20151:54 Contemporary African Art FairNew York, USAGroup
2015PANGAEA II: New Art from Africa - Latin AmericaSaatchi Gallery, London, UKGroup
2014Enfants de la rueJack Bell Gallery, London, UKSolo
20141:54 Contemporary African Art FairLondon, UKGroup
2013Art and Nature4th Edition, Katadji, CIVGroup
2012Un regard sur AbidjanSociété EIFFAGE, SENGroup
20101st Edition of Salon International des Arts PlastiquesAbidjan, CIVGroup
20109th Edition of DAK’ARTBiennale of Contemporary African Art, Dakar, SENGroup
20104th Edition of Festival d’EssaouiraMARGroup
20071st Edition of Brush of AfricaStockholm, SWEGroup
20071st Edition of Festival des Arts VisuelsAbidjan, CIVGroup