Born in 1978 in Abidjan in Ivory Coast. He lives and works in Abidjan.
After studing at École des Beaux-Arts and Centre Technique des Arts Appliqués in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Amand Boua chose painting as the medium to develop his artistic practice.
In 2007, Armand Boua exhibited his work for the first time at Festival des Arts Visuels in Abidjan. Stricken by urban life and the laborious existences of those trying to survive in these conditions, Armand Boua dedicated his work to them. He paints predominatly on cardboard, a rough material the artist finds in the very streets that inspire him. As he continued to explore this topic, he participated in the 9th edition of Dakar Biennale in Senegal in 2010 and in 2012 in the group show Un regard sur Abidjan at the Eiffage Foundation in Dakar as well.
In 2015, Armand Boua participated in the exhibition Pangaea II: New Art from Africa – Latin America at Saatchi Gallery in London, United Kingdom. The same year, he was selected to exhibit his work in the group show Past Perfect / Future Present in the frame of the auction house‘s program Christie’s Curates in London.
Armand Boua draws his inspiration and picks his pictorial subjects from his daily life and the human encounters he experiences. His choice of a rather abstract representation of characters, ethereal shapes of silhouettes, enables him to distance himself from the immediacy of denunciation and to inscribe his practice in a universal geography and temporality opened to multiple readings.
Armand Boua has participated in various solo shows around the world such as Dans le Djassa at Lars Kristian Bode in Hambourg, Germany in 2018; Children of Africa at Create Hub Gallery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2017; and Forgotten People at Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York, United States in 2016.
His works have entered several private collections worldwide namely the Saatchi collection in the United Kingdom, Franck-Suss Collection in Hong-Kong and Tiroche-DeLeon collection in Israel.