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PICNIC BY OBOU

Photo credit: Julia Thielke

Photo credit: Julia Thielke

At the heart of a hectic and frenetic world, Obou invites us to take a break, to immerse ourselves in his world of encounters and color games. But what does a picnic really represent? Much more than a simple outdoor meal, it embodies a moment of deceleration, serenity and pleasure. The picnic offers a precious escape from everyday life, a calming connection with nature. It becomes the gathering place par excellence, where we meet our loved ones to laugh, exchange and celebrate life together.

This deep meaning of the picnic finds a vibrant echo in Obou's art. His works reveal themselves like a multicolored patchwork that unfolds before us, taking us into a shimmering universe full of fascinating encounters. Each brushstroke tells a story, each painting awakens emotions. Explore vibrant colors and immerse yourself in the subtleties of details. Prepare to embark on a journey through his works where masked men and women will transport you through different places and times.

Photo credit: Pimii

OBOU GBAIS

Obou Gbais, born in Guiglo and raised in Abidjan, is an Ivorian artist whose work explores the themes of his present, his identity and the tradition of the Ivorian community, precisely the Dan. He completed his art studies at the Beaux Arts d'Abidjan in 2019 and has since lived between Abidjan and Berlin.

Recurring themes in Obou's work are the human condition. It features characters with Dan masks, marked facial expressions that are both funny and often provocative, it creates a kind of poetry by addressing certain social facts. His approach is a process of reappropriation of his own culture and personal history which allows him to question the evolution of man in society. Also to determine the place of the mask which was yesterday an important element for the stability and well-being of its community.

Obou has presented his work in different places and at various events.

These included events such as the Scope Art Show in Miami, exhibitions in Switzerland, France and New York. In addition to these international exhibitions, Obou also presented his work in Abidjan during his solo exhibition "Man Dan" at the LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery. He has exhibited in Paris with the 193 Gallery "Babi est deux", in Dakar during the Biennale Off at Loman Art Gallery and his exhibition "Le Bleu d'Obou" at the Hoop Galerie. In 2022, he also presented his works at the Vytautas Kasiulis Museum of Art in Vilnius.

In 2023, Obou participated in the group exhibition "Ambivalent" at Not A Gallery in Berlin. In addition he was selected to participate in the "Look Closer" exhibition at the Rietberg Museum, where he presents a Dan mask sculpture made from the museum's photographic archives.

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PICNIC BY OBOU

PICNIC IN BLOCKHAUS

OBOU GBAIS

PICNIC IN BLOCKHAUS, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

200 x 150 cm

Unique piece

OBOU GBAIS

PHOTO BREAK, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

150x150cm

Unique piece

DAN II RELAXATION

OBOU GBAIS

RELAXATION DAN II, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

158 x 118 cm

Unique piece

HIDE WATCH II, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

HIDE WATCH II, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

83 x 75 cm

Unique piece

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HIDE WATCH IV, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

HIDE WATCH IV, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

83 x 75cm

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OUT OF THE CITY I, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

OUT OF THE CITY I, 2023

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Acrylic on canvas & collage

75 x 75 cm

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OUT OF THE CITY III, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

OUT OF THE CITY III, 2023

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Acrylic on canvas & collage

75 x 75 cm

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SOUVENIR BREAK I, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SOUVENIR BREAK I, 2023

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Acrylic on canvas

75 x 62 cm

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GET READY I, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

GET READY I, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

75 x 62cm

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XXXVI, 2023

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Acrylic on canvas

50 x 35cm

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XXXIII, 2023

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Acrylic on canvas

50 x 35 cm

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XXXII, 2023

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Acrylic on canvas

50 x 35cm

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

PHOTO SNAPSHOT XXX, 2023

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Acrylic on canvas

35 x 25 cm

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XXVIII, 2023

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Acrylic on canvas

35 x 25cm

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XXVI, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

35 x 25 cm

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XXIV, 2023

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Acrylic on canvas

35 x 25 cm

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XXII, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XX, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XVIII, 2023

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Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XVI, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

PHOTO SNAPSHOT XIV, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XII, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO VIII, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO VI, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

PHOTO SNAPSHOT IV, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 25 cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

PHOTO SNAPSHOT II, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

PICNIC IN ANONO

OBOU GBAIS

PICNIC IN ANONO, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

200 x 150 cm

Unique piece

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RELAXATION DAN I

OBOU GBAIS

RELAXATION DAN I, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

158 x 118 cm

Unique piece

HIDE WATCH I, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

HIDE WATCH I, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

83 x 75 cm

Unique piece

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HIDE WATCH III, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

HIDE WATCH III, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

83 x 75 cm

Unique piece

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HIDE WATCH V, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

HIDE WATCH V, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

83 x 75 cm

Unique piece

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OUT OF TOWN II, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

OUT OF TOWN II, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas & collage

75 x 75 cm

Unique piece

OUT OF THE CITY IV, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

OUT OF THE CITY IV, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas & collage

75x75cm

Unique piece

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MEMORY BREAK II, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

MEMORY BREAK II, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

75 x 62 cm

Unique piece

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GET READY II, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

GET READY II, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

77 x 55cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XXXV, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 35cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XXXIV, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 35 cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

PHOTO SNAPSHOT XXXI, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 35cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XIX, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

35 x 25 cm

Unique piece

SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XXVII, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

35 x 25 cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XXV, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

35 x 25 cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XXIII, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

35 x 25 cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

PHOTO INSTANTANÉ XXI, 2023

Signée, titrée, encadrée

Acrylique sur toile

30 x 24 cm

Pièce unique

Vendu

SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XIX, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XVII, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XV, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO XIII, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

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PHOTO INSTANTANÉ, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

PHOTO SNAPSHOT XI, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

PHOTO SNAPSHOT IX, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 25cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO VII, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

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SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO V, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

PHOTO SNAPSHOT III, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

SNAPSHOT PHOTO, 2023

OBOU GBAIS

SNAPSHOT PHOTO I, 2023

Signed, titled, framed

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

Unique piece

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