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Since his death in 2016, Vaadia’s work has been exhibited at Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, US, and his pieces are held in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among others.

From January 26-February 24, the gallery Connaught Brown joins this list with its fifth show of his work in the Albemarle Street space in London. It spans much of his 40-year career.

In the 1970s, Vaadia started incorporating abandoned slate and rubble ripped up from New York sidewalks to create his figures. The material was shaped and stacked to create individuals or small groups of forms.

He went on to spend the majority of his career exploring the human form, depicting it as simultaneously featureless and universal in a manner unique but akin to some of his contemporary sculptors such as Antony Gormley and Jaume Plensa.