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Nathan Sawaya

New York, NY,

Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring works out of some of the most unlikely things. His recent exhibitions feature large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks. LEGO® bricks to be exact. 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 1.5 million colored bricks in his New York art studio. 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. Sawaya's art form takes shape primarily in 3-dimensional sculptures and portraits.

Nathan's ArtPrize Entries

These are Nathan's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.