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Nathan Sawaya, Lego Artist

Millions of Legos, one special talent.

In 2004, Nathan Sawaya left his job as a corporate lawyer in New York to become a full-time Lego sculptor. He'd dabbled in art all his life — drawing, painting, and sculpting with clay and wire — but it had always been a hobby, never a way he'd tried to make a living. But when he started working with the brightly colored, polyethelene toy bricks he'd played with as a child, he started getting the kind of attention, and commissions, that finally convinced him to quit his day job. A decade and a half later, his Lego sculptures have sold for tens of thousands of dollars, and been displayed in museums around the U.S., and in Paris, London, and Singapore. His newest show, "The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes," opens in Paris on April 29, 2018. You can see those sculptures here, or scroll down for a FOTO gallery of his previous work. (Pictured: "Yellow," one of Sawaya's best-known pieces.")

MEMENTO MORI Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images MEMENTO MORI Sawaya's "Skulls." MINIFIG Barcroft/Barcroft Media via Getty Images MINIFIG Sawaya's "Strength of Spirit." THE KISS Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images THE KISS Sawaya's version of Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss": a nice alternative to the ubiquitous poster prints, but trickier to hang on a dorm room wall. EASTER ISLAND Mario Tama/Getty Images EASTER ISLAND Sawaya used 75,450 Lego bricks in his "Moai." THE SOUND OF PLASTIC Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images THE SOUND OF PLASTIC As a Lego Master Model Builder and a Certified Lego Professional (CLP), Sawaya is a virtuoso of the form. TYRANNOSAURUS BRICKS Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images TYRANNOSAURUS BRICKS The King of Dinosaurs probably had between 200 and 300 bones, but Sawaya's T-Rex sculpture required 80,020 pieces. ALL THE PIECES MATTER LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images ALL THE PIECES MATTER Sawaya (pictured) maintains separate studios in Los Angeles and New York, with more than a million Legos at each location. THE SCREAM Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images THE SCREAM Must've stepped on a Lego. MICHELEGOLO Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images MICHELEGOLO Sawaya's version of Michelangelo's David is made of bricks, not marble. THE CRACK-UP Barcroft/Barcroft Media via Getty Images THE CRACK-UP Sawaya's pieces aren't just snapped together: He glues every piece. (Pictured: "Cracked.") PENCILS DOWN Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images PENCILS DOWN Sawaya is the author or co-author of several books, including "The Art of the Brick: A Life in Lego." MAN IN THE BOX Barcroft/Barcroft Media via Getty Images MAN IN THE BOX Sawaya's "Trapped." THE SAWAYA REPORT Barcroft/Barcroft Media via Getty Images THE SAWAYA REPORT In 2010, Sawaya appeared on The Colbert Report, presenting Stephen Colbert with a near-life-size Lego sculpture of himself, made of approximately 30,000 Legos. "That is absolutely gorgeous," said Colbert. "This is maybe the most beautiful art I've ever seen." SEATS OF GOVERNMENT Alex Wong/Getty Images SEATS OF GOVERNMENT Sawaya's "Park People" installation on the White House South Lawn in October, 2016. SO LONG, FAREWELL Barcroft/Barcroft Media via Getty Images SO LONG, FAREWELL Sawaya's "Goodbye."