Boaz Vaadia was an internationally recognized sculptor who worked in New York City for over 30 years. Vaadia’s work is sited in many private and public collections and museums throughout the world, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum in Japan. Boaz Vaadia passed away in February 2017.
As a sculptor who grew up on a farm, Vaadia was inspired by the nature around him. He said of his work, “I work with nature as an equal partner. That’s still the strongest thing I deal with today, that primal connection of man to earth. It’s in the materials I use, the environments I make and the way I work.” His work appears as though created by natural forces, such as wind and water; they look simultaneously ancient and futuristic, as if the workmanship forms a bridge from the Stone Age to the digital age. The figure’s rounded forms are anonymous and elemental, creating universality and a model of humanity to which all viewers can relate.
“The AICF supported me early on in my career, when it really counts, which enabled me to come to NYC and pursue my passion. Throughout my entire career I have been thankful to the AICF for this support. It marked a pivotal point in my life and was instrumental in leading to my success. To this day, I still carry a deep appreciation for the AICF.”