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BIOGRAPHY

Israel, 1951-2017
Boaz Vaadia is the internationally known sculptor whose timeless, evocative stone figures now inhabit museums, cultural sites, art galleries, and private collections. As major installations at prime buildings, parks, and homes around the world, they set a tone of peace and serenity.

Born and raised in Israel, Vaadia moved to New York City in 1975 thanks to a grant he received from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation. Vaadia established his studio in SoHo where roads were being torn up and buildings were being torn down. In the chaos of New York City, he discovered supplies from the earth. Slate and bluestone, ubiquitous materials of the city, are sedimentary rocks from glacial periods, millions of years old.

Starting in 1985, generic representations of man and woman emerged from Vaadia’s earlier abstract, monumental effigies. Though generalized in form, there is some individuality in each figure, the artist’s intention being to represent the essence of a specific person. “I love people. Each person is unique, as is the work of an artist. It is important that we, as artists, identify our own uniqueness, just as every individual needs to identify his/her own individuality.” This individuality resides in centeredness, not in superficial attributes. It is that which unites us as human beings. Vaadia hand carves slices of slate and bluestone, shaping them to be layers in a kind of topographical map. He stacks the horizontal slabs until the graded silhouette of a person, animal or group emerges. He views the geological layering of the stone as a natural model for his own sculptural process. It seems a logical metaphor for our human layering of experience and memory.

EDUCATION

1976-77       Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY
1975-76       Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1967-71       Avni Institute of Fine Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

Grounds for sculpture, Museum exhibition including 45 years of work, Hamilton, NJ
Jim Kempner Fine Art Sculpture Garden, New York, NY

2015

Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY

2014

Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
National Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria
National Museum, Budapest, Hungary

2013

“Birds and Bayous: Paintings by Hunt Slonem,” The Gallery at the Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA
Galerie von Stechow, Frankfurt, Germany
Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany
Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Serge Sorokko Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Luis Noboa Museum (Noboa Naranjo Museum), Ecuador
Bradbury Gallery, Fowler Center, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz, Switzerland
DTR Modern, Boston, MA
DTR Modern, London, England, UK
DTR Modern, Palm Beach, FL
Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL

2012

Mabeyn Gallery at the Chamberlain House, Besiktas, Istanbul
Brenau University, Gainesville, GA
Miami Art Fair (Dean Project), Miami, FL
DTR Modern, Palm Beach, FL
Gremillion & Co., Houston, TX
Galeria Espacio, San Salvador, El Salvador
Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
McHugh Gallery, Aspen, CO
DTR Modern, Boston, MA
Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
DTR Modern, Washington, DC
New Gallery of Modern Art Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Paula Brown Gallery, Toledo, Ohio

2011

Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL (through March 2012)
Alexandria Museum, Alexandria, LA
DTR Modern, Boston, MA
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
DTR Modern, Palm Beach, FL
Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO
New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC
Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Couture Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden

2010

Museo de Arte de El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
12 Gallagher Lane, San Francisco, CA
Gebert Gallery, Venice, CA
Coral Springs Museum, Coral Springs, FL
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal Quebec
DTR Modern, Boston, MA
Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL
Museum Gallery of Modern Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA
Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport, LA
Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
DTR Modern, Palm Beach, FL
City of Varna Art Museum, Varna, Bulgaria
ARC Fine Art, Fairfield, CT
Gebert Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
The Art Bank, US Department of State, Washington, DC
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bahrain National Museum, Manama, Bahrain, UAE
The Baker Museum, Naples FL
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Bates College Museum of Arts, Lewiston, ME
Belger Art Center, Kansas City, MO
Bergen Museum of Art & Science, Hackensack, NJ
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
Bradbury Gallery, Fowler Center, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
Brenau University, Gainesville, GA
Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, WI
Children’s Museum of Naples, Naples, FL
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Colegio de Architectos del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL
Samuel Cupples House & McNamee Gallery, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN
Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, Danville, VA
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, IA
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
Isaac Delgado Gallery, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA
Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, Detroit, MI
Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science, Evansville, IN
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Farnsworth Library & Art Museum, Rockland, ME
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Guilin Art Museum, Guilin, Guangxi, China
Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan
Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Hovikodden, Norway
Hofstra University Museum, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
J. Patrick Lannan Foundation, Palm Beach, FL
The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL
Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, Baton Rouge, LA
Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA
Main Street Square, Houston TX
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manila, Philippines
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Miami-Dade Community College South Campus, Miami, FL
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Musée d’Art Haïtien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Museo de Arte de el Salvador (MARTE), San Salvador, El Salvador
Museum of Art, Palm Beach Community College, Lake Worth, FL
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
New Museum, New York, NY
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
New-York Historical Society, New York, NY
Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mount Hermon, MA
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Olin Gallery, Roanoke College, Salem, VA
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Point Leo Sculpture Park, Victoria, Australia
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
Port Authority, One World Trade Center (Mural), New York, NY (destroyed on 9/11/2001)
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Pulitzer Collection, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, Saint Mary’s City, MD
Salt Queen Foundation, Water Mill, NY
Samford University, Birmingham, AL
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Sidney Art Gallery and Museum, Port Orchard, WA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT
Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block, Tucson, AZ
United States Department of State, Washington, DC
University of Arizona, Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
University of Maine at Machias Art Galleries, Machias, ME
University of Michigan, Art Museum Project, Dearborn, MI
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Wasmer Gallery, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
The Wolfsonian—Florida International University, Miami Beach, FL

CORPORATE & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
The Art Bank, US Department of State, Washington, DC
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bahrain National Museum, Manama, Bahrain, UAE
The Baker Museum, Naples FL
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Bates College Museum of Arts, Lewiston, ME
Belger Art Center, Kansas City, MO
Bergen Museum of Art & Science, Hackensack, NJ
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
Bradbury Gallery, Fowler Center, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
Brenau University, Gainesville, GA
Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, WI
Children’s Museum of Naples, Naples, FL
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Colegio de Architectos del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL
Samuel Cupples House & McNamee Gallery, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN
Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, Danville, VA
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, IA
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
Isaac Delgado Gallery, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA
Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, Detroit, MI
Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science, Evansville, IN
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Farnsworth Library & Art Museum, Rockland, ME
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Guilin Art Museum, Guilin, Guangxi, China
Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan
Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Hovikodden, Norway
Hofstra University Museum, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
J. Patrick Lannan Foundation, Palm Beach, FL
The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL
Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, Baton Rouge, LA
Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA
Main Street Square, Houston TX
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manila, Philippines
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Miami-Dade Community College South Campus, Miami, FL
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Musée d’Art Haïtien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Museo de Arte de el Salvador (MARTE), San Salvador, El Salvador
Museum of Art, Palm Beach Community College, Lake Worth, FL
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
New Museum, New York, NY
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
New-York Historical Society, New York, NY
Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mount Hermon, MA
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Olin Gallery, Roanoke College, Salem, VA
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Point Leo Sculpture Park, Victoria, Australia
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
Port Authority, One World Trade Center (Mural), New York, NY (destroyed on 9/11/2001)
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Pulitzer Collection, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, Saint Mary’s City, MD
Salt Queen Foundation, Water Mill, NY
Samford University, Birmingham, AL
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Sidney Art Gallery and Museum, Port Orchard, WA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT
Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block, Tucson, AZ
United States Department of State, Washington, DC
University of Arizona, Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
University of Maine at Machias Art Galleries, Machias, ME
University of Michigan, Art Museum Project, Dearborn, MI
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Wasmer Gallery, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
The Wolfsonian—Florida International University, Miami Beach, FL

GRANTS/AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS

2009

Stars of Design, Award in Art, New York, NY

2007

ARTrageous Children’s Expressions Project

1986

MacDowell Fellowship, Peterborough, NH
National Endowment for the Arts

1984

MacDowell Fellowship, Peterborough, NH

1983

MacDowell Fellowship, Peterborough, NH
Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL

1982

Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY
Rotary International Exchange Student, Managua, Nicaragua
Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation, Grant for Painting, Montreal, Canada
Cultural Council Foundation Arts Project, NY