According to Artprice, the Abidjan painter has become a favorite of collectors worldwide.
In 2014, Bonhams sold his painting I Remember When All This Was Trees for $16,000. Four years later, the same work fetched $42,000.
Aboudia, whose real name is Abdoulaye Diarrassouba (born 1983), leads a generation of Ivorian artists who transcribe the challenges of their postwar society into art. He also embodies the young African scene’s recent success at auctions: his prices have increased tenfold in 10 years and half of his paintings are valued over $50,000 at auctions. In May 2014, Bonhams London sold his painting I Remember When All This Was Trees for $16,000. Four years later, the same work fetched $42,000 at the same auction house. In March 2021, it climbed to $223,000 at Christie’s and in July 2022, an untitled 2018 painting obtained $607,000. Most of his buyers are in the United Kingdom, the United States and Hong Kong.