Armand Boua | Ivory Coast

‘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’.

Armand Boua was born in 1976 in Ivory Coast.
He studied at the National School of Fine Arts and the Technical Centre for Applied Arts, both in Abidjan.
The violence that followed the disputed Ivorian presidential election in late 2010 greatly influenced Boua’s work. The artist represents in his works the street kids of his hometown in powerful portraits that testify the violence and political struggles in West Africa. He wanted to show the lives of these street children in a way that not so many people can relate to.
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. Boua shows a careful balance between his heavy gestures and violent execution and the gentle treatment of his subject matter.

Armand Boua | Ivory Coast

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

Selected solo exhibitions:

2020
Armand Boua, Les Gnambros, Online exhibition, Jack Bell Gallery

2019
Armand Boua, Kouman de Kekechoz, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2018
Armand Boua, Mogo de Poy City, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2017
Armand Boua, Clache Moi, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

Armand Boua, Childen of Africa, AKKA Project Dubai, Dubai, UAE

2016
Armand Boua, Les Zinzins, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2015
Armand Boua, Djossi a Yopougon, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2014
Armand Boua, Enfants de la roue, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

Selected group exhibitions:

2020
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair,New York, New York, USA

2019
Art To Z: Spring Group Exhibition, AKKA Project Dubai, Dubai, UAE

2018
Rassemblement, Group exhibition, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2017
Devil in disguise, Group exhibition, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2016
Le Penseur, Group exhibition, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

2015
Studio Lumiere, 10 contemporary artists living and working in Africa, Jack Bell Gallery, London, UK

Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London

2013
Art et Nature, 4e edition, Katadji, Ivory Coast

2012
Un regard sur Abidjan, Société EIFFAGE, Sénégal

2011
1st Edition of Salon International des Arts Plastiques, Abidjan (SIAPA), Ivory Coast

2010
9th Edition of DAK’ART, Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Senegal 4th Edition of Festival d’Essaouira, Marocco

2007
1st Edition of Pinceau d’Afrique, Stockholm, Sweden 1st Edition of Festival des Arts Visuels, Abidjan (AVA), Ivory Coast

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    Armand Boua, Boris, Acrylic & Collage on Canvas 100 x 100cm
    Armand Boua, Pkepkeros II, Acrylic & Collage on Canvas 100 x 100cm

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