IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2015

Tarik Currimbhoy
Tarik Currimbhoy
Tarik Currimbhoy


Sana Stone steps back into the past to create modern hand-chiseled stone sculptures. There is an intriguing contradiction to stone. It is the most solid and permanent material and yet it can be carved into a surface as delicate as lace. My work is about light and shadow created by solids and voids, all hand-chiseled. The stone is held together by compression, under the forces of gravity. This is the direction of my sculpture. The stone pieces are notched together and are modular, thereby allowing them to be transported easily. They come to the site like a "lego set" with numbered parts and fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. The stone sculptures can be placed either indoors or outdoors. I encourage people to interact with the stone by touching and feeling the hand chiseling as well as by observing the play of light and shadow.


  • Master of Architecture, Pratt Institute, 1987
  • Master of Arts, Cornell University, 1981
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, 1979
  • Harvard MIT Symposium on Architecture, 1985, 1986  

PRO-BONO Trustee:

Art Omi International Artists Residency
Board of Directors: Art Omi International Artists Residency
Prana Residency Award / Omi
Trustee: Sir Currimbhoy Ebrahim Orphanage, Mumbai
Trustee: Sana Stone Education Trust, Jaipur
Board of Directors Salan Oil Exploration.

Gravity and compression coupled with light and shadow of stone have been the essence of  my work - merging the fields of Art, Design and Architecture.

In 1998, I established a New York based sculpture company, Sana Stone.  The intent is to create modern art and design in stone, using ancient handcrafting techniques.   

We have been extensively published.

“Sails” (Land sculpture) Grant from New York State Council of the Arts. Libe Slope, Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, 1980-2.

“Pinwheel” (Aerial Kinetic Sculpture) Willem De Kooning International Sky Sculpture in Central Park, New York.  Represented India, Rainbow Art Foundation, 1984. 

“Serpentine Wall” 40’-0”L x 8’-0”H hand-chiseled serpentine pink sandstone screen wall.  Weight: 10,000 lbs.  Naeem Khan, New York, NY, 1998.

  "Tree of Life" 12'-0" X 8'-6" in beige sandstone. Private residence, Alpine, NJ, 1999. “Mirage-Fireplace” Hand-chiseled scalloped wall is pushed and pulled to form a fireplace.  Forest Green Marble. Weight: 10,000 lbs.  Sheikha Fatima Al-Sabah, Robeling Building, New York, NY, 2000.

  “Square Screen Wall” 100’L x 8’H hand-chiseled white marble wall.  Ligne Roset, Dan Freelander, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2001.

“Moghul Gardens” An abstracted modern garden on 1 ½ acres of land in white marble and green limestone.  Building in bush hammered white marble. 70,000 sq.ft. building.  McKinsey & Co., Gurgaon, India, 2004-2007. [for McKinsey & Co., New York]

“Rain Catcher” A pavilion that one can walk into with an oculus and a lotus rain catcher.  A play of light and shadow on beige hand-chiseled limestone.  A keystone holds the structure together.  Weight: 25,000 lbs. Private Residence, Ghent, NY, 2005.

“Pai Water Fall” White marble pyramid, stand-alone white marble screen structure with water. 
Weight: 2,500 lbs.  Private Residence, New York, NY, 2006.

“Ellipse” An elliptical-shaped white marble structure that one can walk into.  Play of light and shadow on white hand-chiseled stone.  A keystone holds the structure together.  “The Fields,” Omi Sculpture Park, Ghent, NY, 2008.

“Building Facade” Scalloped, white, hand-chiseled marble facade. Adam McKagna Mirage, 427 East 12th Street, New York, NY, 2008. 

"Reflecting pool" Scalloped, white, hand-chiseled marble pond with gutters. 16'-0"L x 8'-0"W x1'-6”H. McKinsey & Co., Mumbai, India, 2009. [for McKinsey & Co., New York] "Basket Weave" Hand carved modular stone panel for screens or building facades in hand-chiseled, white marble, beige and black limestone for Stone Source, New York, 2009.

“Circle” Hand-chiseled white marble, 9” circle made of 4 lintels locked together by gravity. Isabelle Autones Collection, New York, NY, 2011.

“Double Helix Staircase” Spiral based on compression, as in “Circle”. 12’-0” diameter, 30’-0” height for art gallery at Palace Royale in Mumbai, 2012/13/14.   

Tarik Currimbhoy has had a New York City Architecture and Design practice since 1982.

Our stone sculptures and drawings are placed with various private collectors and have been at The Johnson Art Museum at Cornell University, The Shafler Gallery at Pratt Institute, Pratt Manhattan Center Gallery, and Lever House Gallery, amongst others.

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