Adult LEGO Artists and LEGO Master Model Builders

LEGO bricks are an accepeted artistic medium. Like oil paint, stone, or wood, LEGO bricks are used by artistis for self-expression and to visually comment on our human experience.

Relatively new to the fine art world is the idea that a child’s plastic building block and toy is also an artistic medium worthy of display in the world’s most prestigious art galleries. The following professional artists and master model builders are literally building the way for future LEGO artists, and we’re so grateful!

Maurizio Lampis

Lampis is a LEGO builder who founded the KaralisBrick Cultural Association and Brick Museum in Sardinia, Italy (a northern Italian island.) Works of LEGO Art include medieval castles and monuments of Sardinia including the Basilica di Bonaria in Cagliari.

Lampis is a LEGO builder who founded the KaralisBrick Cultural Association and Brick Museum in Sardinia, Italy (northern Italian island.) Works of LEGO Art include medieval castles and monuments of Sardinia including the Basilica di Bonaria in Cagliari.

Mariann Asanuma

Asanuma’s claim to fame is that she is the world’s first female freelance LEGO artist. Her company, Model Building Secrets, has been providing LEGO model building services for almost 15 years. She started her professional LEGO career in 2003 working at LEGOLAND® California as the first female American Master Model Builder. She’s written books about LEGO building and created commissioned works for large corporations such as Google.

Screenshot of Asanuma’s company website; shown is her California Academy of Sciences LEGO model.

Kanna Nakayama

Nakayama is Asia’s first female Lego master model builder. Her workshop is at the Legoland Discovery Center in Osaka. Her love of LEGO bricks started as a child, and in kindergarten, she wrote that she wanted to work with Legos when she grew up.

Screenshot of the article on NikkeiAsia about Kanna Nakayama, LEGO Master Model Builder
Screenshot of the article on NikkeiAsia about Kanna Nakayama, LEGO Master Model Builder

Aaron Newman

Brick designer and full-time brick artist Aaron Newman was a contestant on the first season of LEGO Masters in the US.

A sampling of Aaron Newman's Icon work found on his website's portfolio
A sampling of Aaron Newman’s Icon work found on his website’s portfolio

Ekow Nimako

Nimako is a Toronto-based Canadian artist known for surrealistic LEGO art. A professional artist with formal fine arts training, Nimako intentionally weaves a positive black narrative into his body of work. Notably, the ‘Building Black’ series uses black LEGO pieces and draws inspiration from West African culture; AMORPHIA includes elements of West African mask-making.

Nimako also published a book, “Beasts from Bricks” that feature colorful build instructions for animals from around the world. This book is included in our Best LEGO Gift Ideas.

Screenshot of Nimako’s professional website, artwork

Nathan Sawaya

Sawaya is an international-touring contemporary artist building large-scale LEGO brick sculptures. Formally trained and practicing as a corporate lawyer, Sawaya left law forged his path as a fine artist. Sawaya is recognized as the first fine artist to use LEGO bricks (a toy) as a fine art medium and subsequently brought a new aesthetic that merges Pop Art and Surrealism into the modern art gallery space. Check The Art of the Brick website’s schedule for upcoming exhibitions.

Screenshot of Nathan Sawaya's website, brickartist.com
Screenshot of Nathan Sawaya’s website, brickartist.com

Jan van Schaik

Melbourne architect turns old LEGO bricks into new art in his modern Lost Tablets exhibit.

Screenshot of the The Lost Tablet's website - October 2021. Melbourne architect turns old LEGO bricks into new art in his modern Lost Tablets exhibit. https://www.losttablets.com/
The Lost Tablets by Jan van Schaik website – October 2021

Craig Ward

Ward is a British-born designer, creative director, and author experimenting with brick-built typography in a project called BrikFont.

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