Nathan Sawaya (American, born )

Nathan Sawaya (American, b.1973) fuses Pop Art and Surrealism to create three-dimensional sculptures and large mosaics out of popular everyday items. Born in Washington and raised in Oregon, Sawaya studied law at New York University, and briefly worked for the firm Winston & Strawn in New York City. In 2004, he left his law job and began working for LEGO. Though he left after six months to open his own studio, he is considered by the company to be one of the best LEGO builders in the world, and is recognized as a LEGO Master Builder and LEGO Certified Professional.

Today, Sawaya is best known for his large-scale human sculptures executed in red, yellow, and blue. In 2007, he held his first solo exhibition at the Lancaster Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. He has since had exhibitions at numerous galleries and museums in Australia, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States. In addition, his work has been featured on TV shows such as The Colbert Report, the Late Show with David Letterman, and NBC’s Today Show.

Sawaya lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1973
Born in Colville, WA
1991
Studied Law, New York University, New York, NY

Exhibitions

2010
Agora Gallery, New York, NY
2010
Pictures & Furniture Vernissage, Avant Gallery, Miami, FL
2009–2010
The Art of the Brick, Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Museum, Redding, CA; Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT; Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY; Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA; Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, IL; D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
2009
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT
2009
The Art & Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
2009
Avant Gallery, Miami, FL
2007
Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

Public Collections

Qwest Field Public Art Display, Seattle, WA
Time Warner Center Public Art Display, New York, NY
American Swedish Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Dreier Collection, Santa Barbara, CA
New Orleans Public Library Public Art Display, New Orleans, LA
Central Park Public Art Display, New York, NY
Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT
Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA