Nathan Sawaya

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Nathan Sawaya (b. 1973), is a New York-based artist who builds custom three-dimensional sculptures and large-scale mosaics from popular everyday items and is best known for his work with standard LEGO toy bricks.

His unique art creations are commissioned by companies, charities, individuals, museums and galleries all over the world.

He first came to national attention in 2004, when he left his job as an attorney to work full-time as a LEGO artist. After working for the LEGO company less than six months, he branched off and in 2004 opened an art studio in New York City. As a professional artist, Sawaya is no longer an employee of the toy company, however he has been officially recognized by The LEGO Group as a LEGO Certified Professional. To date he is the only person ever to be recognized as both a LEGO Master Builder and a LEGO Certified Professional.

Sawaya has created some of the most recognizable art out of LEGO in the world, including a 7-foot (2.1 m)-long replica of the Brooklyn Bridge, a life-size tyrannosaurus rex, a 6-foot (1.8 m)-tall Han Solo frozen in carbonite. His signature pieces include human form sculptures titled ‘Yellow,’ ‘Red,’ and ‘Blue.’ He had his first solo art exhibit in the Spring of 2007 at the Lancaster Museum of Art. ‘The Art of the Brick’ is the first major museum exhibition in the U.S. to focus exclusively on the use of Lego building blocks as an art medium.

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