Ouattara Watts has been making magical paintings for the past 25 years. He was first discovered by Jean-Michel Basquiat way back in 1988 while studying at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts. He soon moved to New York where he quickly became renowned as a poetic, expressionist painter.
His style has been described as everything from neo-expressionist to primitive pop, a jazzy, post modernist aesthetic that mixes collaged scraps of fabric with silkscreen images and dynamic areas of paint. And it doesn’t stop there. Look closely and you’ll notice wonderful finger painted symbols, numerological codes and cosmological motifs common to West Africa and his homeland of the Ivory Coast.
As he says about his work:
For me, all of life is a series of encounters, from life, to art, to love, to work. This expresses my view of these encounters through my painting.