Nathan Sawaya is a New Yorkbased artist who creates aweinspiring works of art out of some of the most unlikely things. His recent global museum exhibitions feature largescale sculptures using only toy building blocks. LEGO® bricks to be exact. A fulltime independent artist, Sawaya accepts commission requests and shows his art in galleries in New York, Miami and Maui.
He’s available to design and build custom creations for private collectors, events, photo shoots and conventions. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world. His unique sculptures and touring exhibition, THE ART OF THE BRICK, continues to inspire creativity as well as break attendance records around the global. Born in Colville, Washington and raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya’s childhood dreams were always fun. He drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricks and also played with LEGO. Sawaya attended NYU. After college he rediscovered LEGO but not as a toy, but rather as a medium.
Today Sawaya has more than 2.5 million colored bricks in his New York and Los Angeles art studios. His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted and is both beautiful and playful. Sawaya’s ability to transform LEGO bricks into something new, his devotion to scale and color perfection, the way he conceptualizes the action of the subject matter, enables him to elevate an ordinary toy to the status of fine art. Recently, Sawaya met with former President Bill Clinton about an Arts and Education program. He is the founder of the Art Revolution Foundation (www.ArtRevolution.org
). He has also been a speaker at Google Zeitgeist, Yahoo! and at the Clinton Library.
According to journalist Scott Jones,”Sawaya is a surrealist mashup of forms and artists.
Imagine Frank Lloyd Wright crossed with Ray Harryhausen, or Auguste Rodin crossed with Shigeru Miyamoto, and you start to get a sense of where Sawaya is coming from.” Sawaya’s art form takes shape primarily in 3dimensional sculptures and oversized portraits. He continues to create daily while accepting commission work from around the world. Nathan’s latest project, a collaboration with photographer Dean West, called IN PIECES. For more information on IN PIECES, please log onto www.InPiecesCollection.com