Ouattara Watts

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Ouattara Watts
Born 1957
Ivory Coast
Residence New York (as of 2015)[1]
Nationality Ivory Coast
Education École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts
Known for Painting, Drawing
Style Abstraction
Website ouattarawatts.com

Ouattara Watts (born on the Ivory Coast)[2] is a contemporary artist.[3]

He studied at l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.[1]

In Paris, he met Jean-Michel Basquiat at an exhibition opening in January 1988. Basquiat was impressed by Watts's paintings and convinced Watts to move to New York City. They had a very short but important collaboration.[4] In the documentary called "Basquiat, Une Vie", we see Watts in his studio, working and talking about Basquiat.

Watts is an internationally recognized for Painting and Drawing. Watts is a jazz enthusiast, who merged music and art in paintings and collages by using recycled everyday materials.[citation needed]

Watts lives and works in New York City.

Selected Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2015 Galerie Boulakia, PARIS, France
  • 2010 Hess Art Collection [1], International Contemporary Art at Glen Carlou, Paarl, South Africa
  • 2009 Hess Art Collection, International Contemporary Art at Glen Carlou, Paarl South Africa
  • 2008 Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Roma, Italy
  • 2008 Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
  • 2008 " Andy Goldsworthy and Ouattara Watts" Two person exhibition, eleven paintings and watercolors from 1992-2006 by Ouattara at International Contemporary Art at Glen Carlou, Paarl, South Africa [2]
  • 2007 " Ouattara Watts: For Lily" Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, USA [3]
  • 2006 " Ouattara Watts: Works on Paper" Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2004 Tracy Williams Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2004 " NH Crossing Currents - The Synergy of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ouattara Watts" The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover
  • 2004 Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Roma, Italy [4]
  • 2004 Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
  • 2002 Leo Koenig, New York, USA
  • 2001 Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Roma, Italy
  • 1999 "Ouattara: in Roma" Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Roma, Italy
  • 1998 "Ouattara New Work" Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA
  • 1996 "Ouattara Dark Star" Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
  • 1995 "Ouattara: New Paintings" Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1994 "Ouattara" Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California, USA
  • 1993 Galerie Boulakia, Paris, France
  • 1992 Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1990 Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
  • 1989 Marilyn Butler Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • 1986 "OUATTARA" Centre Culturel de la Rochelle, La Rochelle, France

Selected Group Exhibitions[edit]

Books and Catalogs[edit]

  • 2010 Hess Art Collection" by Donald Hess and Myrtha Steiner. Hardcover: 372 pages, Publisher: Hatje Cantz (January 31, 2010), Language: English, ISBN 978-3-7757-2139-4, Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 10 x 1.3 inches
  • 2007 Mike Weiss Gallery, USA, catalog
  • 2004 Hood Museum of Art Crossing Currents - The Synergy of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ouattara Watts, catalog
  • 2003 New Museum. Black President: Fela Anikulapokuti, catalog [11]
  • 2002 Cantz, Hatje. Documenta II Platform 5, catalog
  • 2002 Biennial Exhibition Whitney Museum, New York, Prentice Hall/Abrams, catalog
  • 1999 Magazzino D’Arte Moderna "Ouattara Watts in Roma", catalog
  • 1995 Janson, H. W. History of Art. 5th ed. New York: Prentice Hall/Abrams, catalog
  • 1990 Barrière, Gérard. Ouattara. Galerie Boulakia, Paris, catalog
  • 1989 Warren, Ben Michael and Vrej Baghoomian, eds. Ouattara, Art Random, Kyoto: Kyoto Shoin, International Co., Ltd., 1989. Introduction by Ben Michael Warren, catalog

Some Articles and Reviews[edit]

  • 2015 Roxana, Azimi. LE MONDE France, Ouattara Watts,le plus amercain des artistes ivoiriens LE MONDE France April. 28 /2015
  • 2015 Clotide Scordia . HAPPENING, Ouattara Watts; Mystical Storyteller April. 22/2015
  • 2015 Henri-francois Debailleux, LE JOURNAL DES ARTS. # 434, France April 24 To May 7 / 2015
  • 2012 GLenn O'BRIEN. TELLS OF MAGIC END SCIENCE IN THE PAINTINGS by OUATTARA WATTS . Alessandro Benetton's Blog March 26. 2012
  • 2012 Karen Dayon, Ouattara Watts . COOL HUNTING. New York U S A . January 27/ 2012
  • 2004 An article on Watts by Massimo Carboni published in Art Forum May.2004 [12]
  • 2004 " Watts, l’ossessione magica dei numeri: L’artista ivoriano al Magazzino d’arte moderna" Pancotto, Pier Paolo, L’ Unita Roma, 04.February.2004 ( in Italian ) [13]
  • 2002 Robinson, Walter. ArtNet.com Magazine Reviews, May 9 [14]
  • 2002 Cotter, Holland. The New York Times, March 8 [15]
  • 2001 Cotter, Holland. The New York Times, July 27 [16]
  • 1995 Cotter, Holland. Mix of Culture, Politics and Bravado, The New York Times, May 19 [17]
  • "La pittura magica di Ouattara Watts" dated 01.31.2004 in Corriere della Sera (in Italian)[18]
  • "'Body' & Soul: Fleshing Out African Art" a review on Washington Post dated June 18, 2006 by Lynne Duke [19]


  1. ^ a b c Azimi, Roxana (28 April 2015). "Ouattara Watts, le plus américain des artistes ivoriens" (in French). Le Monde. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Youth shelter residents, artist come together". lohud.com. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Carboni, Massimo (May 2004). "Ouattara Watts: Magazzino d'Arte Moderna". Artforum International  – via HighBeam (subscription required). Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Glenn O'Brien tells of magic and science in the paintings by Ouattara Watts - The Alessandro Benetton blog". alessandrobenetton.com. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Plagens, Peter (24 June 2002). "Doubts at Documenta: The 'Olympics of Current Art' Hits a Breaking Point". Newsweek  – via HighBeam (subscription required). Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Chadwick, Alex (9 April 2002). "Profile: Whitney Biennial art exhibit". NPR Morning Edition  – via HighBeam (subscription required). Retrieved 4 July 2016. 

External links[edit]

  • French Documentary “Basquiat Une Vie”, can be seen streaming online [20]