From April 10th to May 5th, 2015, Galerie Boulakia will be presenting an exhibition of works by the African artist Ouattara Watts. Fifteen years after his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Boulakia, this artist from the Ivory Coast will once again return to the Paris spotlight. Born in 1957 in Abidjan, Ouattara was raised and educated in a way that is reflected in the imagery of his art that lies somewhere between tradition and modernity. Initiated at an early age in shamanic rituals, his childhood in a large city gave him equal exposure to a more urban culture. At the end of the 1980s, Ouattara moved to Paris to attend the Écôle des Beaux Arts. It was in Paris, on a night in January 1988, that he met the person who was destined to become his mentor and friend, Jean Michel Basquiat. Basquiat was so impressed by Ouattara’s work that he invited him to come back to New York with him. Ouattara accepted. Propelled by a common

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