Watts, Ouattara
Born 1957 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Lives and works in New York, USA
Through vibrant colours, dynamic shapes, and hypnotic signs and symbols, Ouattara Watts explores the spiritual bonds that transcend geography and nationality. By merging found objects, photographs, and raw material, Watts' paintings invoke the artist's multicultural identity and offer various levels of social and historical readings. With lyricism and wit, Watts conjures imaginary worlds and magical visions, both urban and ancestral, to contemplate the metaphysical relationships between beings. Notable exhibitions include Résonances, Espace Paul Rebeyrolles, Eymoutiers (2019), Before Looking at this Work, Listen to it, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan (2018); Afriques Capitales, La Villette, Paris (2017); Body of Evidence, National Museum of African Art – Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (2006) and The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994, MoMA PS1, New York, (2002).
Ouattara Watts, La Dama#1, 2019, Mixed media on canvas and digital print, 235 x 192 cm. Courtesy Galerie Cécile Fakhoury