Nathan Sawaya was born in Colville, Washington and raised in Veneta, Oregon. Like most of us, Nathan played with LEGO’s as a child. The difference is, he didn’t stop. The result is beautiful art discovered through a unique medium. At first glance you may want to chalk it up as some sort of a gimmick tailored towards kids and adult kids, but upon further inspection there is so much more.
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.
His LEGO figures present a self awareness and confusion that makes you start to question all of the other inanimate objects that surround you. There is a sad darkness mixed in to each of his brilliantly light-hearted pieces.
I once built a house out of LEGO’s. It was not structurally sound.