Boaz Vaadia is an Israeli born, internationally renowned, New York-based sculptor who works primarily in stone and bronze. For Vaadia, stone is an enduring aspect of human environments. He collected slate from the streets of New York's Soho when its sidewalks were torn apart in the mid-1980s. By exploring the connection between man and nature, Vaadia creates sculptures and environments that are contemplative and serene. Hand carving each individual piece of stone with a hammer and chisel, Vaadia then stacks each piece to create figurative sculptures named after figures from the Old Testament. His process parallels natural transformations in stone and recalls ancient methods of construction that rely on the cut and weight of the stone rather than on mortar. His work is sited in various public locations and included in many museums and private collections throughout the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum, Japan; the Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan; the Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; the Tel-Aviv Museum, Israel; the Jewish Museum, New York, NY; and The Israel Museum, Israel.