In 1991, while Boaz was busy carving in his studio, his wife Kim sent in slides of his work to be considered for the 4th Rodin Grand Prize exhibition sponsored by Fujisankei Communications. Having forgotten Kim sent the slides in as they were busy with work and a newborn baby, the Vaadias were pleasantly surprised when they received what in the digital age is no longer: a Western Union telegram notifying Boaz that he won a prize titled The Utsukushi-ga-hara Open Air Museum Award. Boaz was invited to Japan to receive the award and in addition the museum purchased his sculpture Moriyya for its permanent collection. Off to Japan the Vaadias went, touring the breathtaking landscape alongside fellow artists in the exhibition including Jim Dine and Igael Tumarkin.The Vaadias traveled by bus from Tokyo to the Hakone Open Air Museum, the Utsujushi-ga-Hara Museum in the center of Nagano and visited a traditional Japanese tea house - all while eating some of Japan’s finest sushi! Unsurprisingly, Boaz’s favorite part of the trip to Japan was his visit to the Japanese rock gardens in Kyoto.

1992 Vaadia arrives at The Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open Air Museum

The Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open Air Museum Award.


If you are in New York, please stop by and view Boaz's work currently featured in a group exhibition atJim Kempner Fine Art , titled Twenty Years at 23rd & Tenth.


Available now on Amazon, Boaz Vaadia: Sculpture. This recently published book, with text by Wendy Steiner and a forward by Tom Moran, is in conjunction with Grounds for Sculpture's 2016 exhibition which featured the most comprehensive presentation of Vaadia's work to date, including his trajectory from abstraction to figuration.


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