Born in Israel in 1951, Boaz Vaadia moved to New York in the early 1970s where he studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He was amongst those artists who used the city as a medium, sourcing refuse slate, shingle, bluestone and boulders from the area surrounding his SoHo studio.

 

Beginning with his first single figure created in 1985, Vaadia's evocative sculptures explore the inherent relationship between man and the earth. Whether sitting or crouching, grouped in pairs or standing alone, his figures are humble yet powerful, seemingly rooted to the ground beneath them. Each of his sculptures also reveals the intricacy of Vaadia's refined technique by which he fixes layers of fragile slate in the durable medium of bronze.

 

Vaadia's works can be found in prominent public places and private collections around the world including the Time Warner Building, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.