(born July 10, 1973), is an artist who builds custom three-dimensional models and large-scale mosaics from popular everyday items and standard Lego
toy bricks. His unique art creations are commissioned by companies, charities, individuals, museums and galleries.
Born in Colville, Washington
and raised in Veneta, Oregon
, Sawaya attended New York University
, where he earned bachelors and law degrees, eventually practicing law at the firm Winston & Strawn
He first came to national attention in 2004, when he won a nationwide search for a professional Lego Master Model Builder
After working for the Lego company for six months, he branched off and opened his own art studio in New York and is officially recognized by The Lego Group as a Lego Certified Professional
He had his first solo art exhibit in the Spring of 2007 at the . "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.
In addition, his work is also in collections including: