Aboudia, née Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, has enjoyed a long-awaited market appreciation this year, hitting several successive auction records and consistently fetching prices above $ 100,000 on the secondary market. The Ivorian artist’s frantic gesture and raw expressiveness caught the attention of discerning collectors in the decade following his first solo exhibition in 2011, notably Jean Pigozzi and Charles Saatchi; the latter exhibited several works by Aboudia in his 2014 series “Pangea”. But the artist’s aftermarket appearances have moved at a somewhat slower pace, with hammer prices slowly reaching tens of thousands, until this year.
In 2021, Aboudia’s work landed $ 100,000 for the first time, with several pieces in a dedicated Christie’s online sale titled “Noutchy in New York City” fetching six-figure prices. Aboudia’s stellar stock market year would end in October, with the sale of his 2012 work Child games setting a new record for the artist by selling £ 201,600 ($ 277,342). Perhaps Aboudia’s most impressive quality of the year is her absolute consistency: 40 of the artist’s works have reached six-figure prices this year, signaling not only one-off speculation but sustained interest in her practice. .