Ouattara Watts

Painting, Visual Artist

1957 –

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Who is Ouattara Watts?

Ouattara Watts is an Ivorian painter.

He was born in 1957, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

He studied in l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.

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

Watts is an internationally recognized neo-expressionist painter. Watts is a jazz enthusiast, who merged music and art in paintings and collages by using recycled everyday materials.

Ouattara Watts lives and works in New York, USA.

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Born
1957
Abidjan
Nationality
  • Côte d’Ivoire
Education
  • École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts
Lived in
  • Abidjan

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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