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As fighting raged in Ivory Coast, painter captured the upheaval on canvas

Look back through photos of the conflict in Ivory Coast that painter Aboudia survived and documented in the PhotoBlog posts here.

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Ivorian painter Abdoulaye Diarrasouba, 26, who goes by the name Aboudia, sits with his work depicting recent upheaval in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan, on April 19. Heavily influenced by the late U.S. Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Abdoudia continued working on his grafitti-style paintings as fighting raged outside his studio during recent weeks. He was sometimes forced to stop painting when bullets whistled too closely overhead, but he used his fear and worry to create a colourful and often ghoulish record of the violence that gripped the country since contested elections late last year.

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Work by Ivorian painter Abdoulaye Diarrasouba, 26, who goes by the name Aboudia, depicts recent upheaval in Ivory Coast, at his studio in the main city Abidjan on April 19.

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Work by Ivorian painter Abdoulaye Diarrasouba, 26, who goes by the name Aboudia, depicting recent upheaval in Ivory Coast sits at his studio in the main city Abidjan on April 19.

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Work by Ivorian painter Abdoulaye Diarrasouba, 26, who goes by the name Aboudia, begs for help from United Nations peacekeepers during recent upheaval in Ivory Coast, at his studio in the main city Abidjan on April 19.

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Work by Ivorian painter Abdoulaye Diarrasouba, 26, who goes by the name Aboudia, depicts recent upheaval in Ivory Coast, at his studio in the main city Abidjan on April 19.