Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York
1983 born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Aboudia's multi-layered paintings offer a simultaneity of images and meanings that conduct a continuous discourse with each other and with the viewer. In any glance the eye takes in one or other layer, which is soon overcome by the next. We are aware of the vivid, brutal pageant of contemporary Africa weaving before us like a fabric of consciousness — soldiers, skulls, African fetishes, flashes of street life — expressed with a naive vitality. The surfaces deploy fragments, cuttings, from bits of comic strips, magazine ads, newspaper images, set into the paintings' overall compositions so as to suggest current events cohering through the imagination into a troubled and troubling vision.
In the end though, the artist's gift of cohesion transforms chaos into vitality, painful events to esthetic redemption, so one is able to see the whole as a changeable tide forever renewing hope.
Born in Abeokuta, Nigeria
Prince Adetomiwa A. Gbadebo comes from a royal family based in Abeokuta, Nigeria; Prince Gbadebo uses his Yoruba heritage and experiences to create his pieces based on emotions and the journey that life stitches; as well as embody a spiritual trance while he creates. As multiple ideas begin to develop in his conscious and unconscious mind, they tend to further evolve with the guidance of his ancestors, orishas (divine spirits), and Yoruba philosophy. He also pushes to teach humanity to truly see what they are choosing not to and to question all conscious solutions given, while selflessly aiming for positive progression for all alike and different. The visual language of the Yoruba, its sacral connection to the spiritual dimension, and its rich music history are the roots for Gbadebo’s inspiration and research. On his paintings and sculptures he uses rocks and other organic ready-mades to fulfill the composition not only visually but also conceptually and ritually.