LEGO Certified Professionals is a community-based program made up of adult LEGO hobbyists who have turned their passion for building and creating with LEGO bricks into a full-time or part-time profession.
LEGO Certified Professionals are not LEGO employees, but they are officially recognized by the LEGO Group as trusted business partners.
Each LEGO Certified Professional is selected for the program based on his or her:
- Building proficiency
- Enthusiasm for the LEGO brick and building system
- Professional approach towards other LEGO fans and the broader public
Meet our Certified Professionals:
Ryan, who resides in Melbourne, Australia is the only LEGO Certified Professional in the southern hemisphere. He has built some uniquely Australian creations and had them displayed all around the world, including a cutaway model of a Qantas Airbus A380 incorporating LEGO MINDSTORMS technology.
He specialises in making interactive models and getting people to participate either in the finished product or during its construction. Ryan has won many awards for his models and takes great pleasure in sharing his work with others.
Ryan’s work has included: corporate signage, mosaics, engineering models, sculptures and is often found at trade shows building models for exhibitors. Ryan is only too happy to accept commissions for truly unique creations.
Matija's mission is to spread the joy of the brick among the adult population. He does this by designing commissioned models, mosaics, portraits, LEGO related team building events, or other requests people may come up with.
Being a programmer, Matija rediscovered his love for the brick thanks to LEGO Mindstorms. He soon realised the potential of integrating Mindstorms with LEGO trains, which derailed him towards building models based on real buildings, vehicles, people, etc. Even though his work often revolves around the LEGO Minifigure, no scale is off limits. He likes touching up his models with lights and other kinds of electronics to make them as realistic as possible.
Matija is situated in Norway and accepts commissions from all over Scandinavia, Europe, or the world for that matter."Website: http://www.matija.no
Nathan Sawaya is a renowned contemporary artist who uses LEGO bricks exclusively as an art medium. With full-time working studios in New York and Los Angeles, Nathan has 2.5 million LEGO bricks at his immediate disposal to craft large-scale sculptures for collectors, galleries and companies.
Best known for his exacting and impeccable representation of the human form and his high-profile client list, Nathan was a practicing attorney in Manhattan before leaving the law to follow his artistic passion.
THE ART OF THE BRICK is Nathan’s touring art exhibition featuring unique sculptures created with LEGO bricks which travels the globe - including North America, Asia and Australia - inspiring and entertaining millions of children of all ages. Launched in 2007, THE ART OF THE BRICK is the only exhibition of its kind ever to focus exclusively on the LEGO brick as an art medium.
Nathan is the only person in the world who has been both a LEGO Master Model Builder and a LEGO Certified Professional (LCP). He builds daily, his art is sold in prominent galleries and he accepts commission work.
Since receiving his first LEGO set at age five, hardly a day has gone by without Rene Hoffmeister building with LEGO bricks at least for a few minutes. He has built LEGO models for companies like Deutsche Telekom, Merlin Entertainment, Bosch, Deutsche Bahn, and HCI Capital, and even more models are in the works.
In 1999, Rene founded the largest German-speaking LEGO fan website in the world. Today, the portal receives thousands of visitors each day, and is a great starting point for those interested in the hobby of LEGO building.
In 2002, he started 1000steine-land in his native Berlin. The event, which over the past 5 years has been attended by more than 10,000 LEGO fans, is an annual exhibition of models by European LEGO builders.
This year, some of Rene’s models are to be displayed in Russia and China as part of a traveling exhibition. His models have also been displayed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Greece and the Netherlands.
Sean Kenney is a full-time artist who works exclusively with LEGO bricks. Based in New York City, he has produced commissions for galleries, museums, television, publications, celebrities, and companies like Google, ABC, JP Morgan Chase, ELLE, and FAO Schwarz.
In using LEGO bricks as an art medium, Sean hopes that children will become inspired to visualize their imagination and create great things themselves.
For over 30 years LEGO toys have played an important part in Sean's life, first as a child's toy, then as a hobby, and now as the world's greatest job.
Sean's work is continually featured in major media channels throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and he has gained recognition as one of the premier LEGO artists in the world.
As the only Asia-based (Singapore) LEGO Certified Professional, Nicholas Foo creates unique gifts using LEGO materials. By tailoring his creations to the individual needs of his clients, Nicholas creates memorable gifts that delight both the giver and receiver. A few of his notable creations include the iconic Merlion statue of Singapore, and a scaled Monkey bike model.
Building on his passion for the simplicity of the LEGO brick and the infinite possibilities it can create with imagination, Nicholas also enjoys the challenge of creating large scale sculptures and models for trade shows and charity events. Some examples of his large creations are a 1.65m tall Retro Rocket and a detailed 16,000 element minifig-scaled city.
Nicholas is the founder of Blackbulb, a company based on the values of creativity, fun and quality.
Robin started collecting, playing, and building with LEGO® bricks as a very young boy and never really stopped. Eventually, he found the LEGO Fan Community, and has been actively involved for over 20 years. In 2005, Robin helped to create and develop the LEGO Certified Professional program, as well as the LEGO Ambassador program.
Robin's company, Brickville DesignWorks, uses LEGO bricks and products to produce events, exhibits, custom creations, and educational opportunities for kids of all ages. Robin’s exhibits have toured prominent Canadian science centres and museums, and have featured giant dinosaurs, a huge Egyptian sphinx, fantastic castles, and much more. He has made national television appearances, and his work has been featured extensively online and in print.
Robin enjoys all aspects of building, but especially likes developing castle, pirate, and other historically themed creations. Robin loves telling stories, and LEGO bricks are his favourite medium.
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Riccardo is from Italy. His passion for LEGO® bricks started from an early age but at the age of 28, Riccardo realised that this passion could become an integral part of his life.This thought inspires him to build using LEGO bricks as a way to express his creativity, seeking to show the several possibilities that LEGO bricks can offer. His great desire is that his sculptures may inspire Italian children to build fantastic creations with LEGO bricks.
In 2014, he created a 3D LEGO model of an M.C. Escher Relativity painting, that was being exhibited as part of a national exhibition related to the artist, together with 130 original artworks by the artist. In 2015, Riccardo's dream became a reality, and he established the BrickVision® company that creates LEGO models and commissions for companies based on the values of the BrickVision, that are quality, creativity and passion. In 2016, Riccardo became a LEGO Certified Professional and officially started to collaborate with the LEGO® Group, creating different models such as the sculpture representing the LEGO Build the Change event, which took place in Italy in 2016.
Dirk Denoyelle is a well known Flemish comedian. In 2000, he built the heads of 30 famous Belgian and international people out of LEGO® bricks and he has built LEGO creations ever since. One of his best known projects was “A Face for Europe” (2004), a charity project that involved the building of a giant European Monument, 2 heads and over 20 mosaics.
As an LCP, Dirk specialises in making portraits, mainly mosaics. Need a gift for a colleague who retires? For your parents’ 25th wedding anniversary? A family portrait? Just send Dirk the picture!Occasionally, new 3-dimensional work is accepted. Dirk operates from Antwerp, Belgium, and sends out his LEGO art all over Europe.
LEGO® craftsman Jumpei is the youngest LEGO Certified Professional, based in Japan. He became a professional LEGO builder when he was a student at the University of Tokyo. He has produced commissions for companies, TV, and publications. Many people who have seen his works rediscover the unlimited possibility of LEGO bricks. Jumpei also works in the area of education using basic LEGO bricks.
In 2010, he received a president's award of university for contribution to society. His specialty is building large size sculptures related to animals, characters, and structures. He accepts commission work mainly from corporations. His models have been displayed in Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Duncan Titmarsh “rediscovered” LEGO® bricks and products at the age of 22 when he received a LEGO set as a gift. This inspired him to begin collecting and building his own creations. Some of his early models included a map of the London underground and a studio for the BBC.
In 2008, he made the decision to make his dream a reality and formed Bright Bricks, a company that produces custom LEGO models. Bright Bricks is a specialist design company using LEGO bricks as its medium. It is best known for its biggest build to date a 12-meter tall Christmas tree for St Pancras train station.
Andy Hung, the first Chinese LEGO® Certified Professional (LCP), is proudly the only LCP throughout the Greater China Region. He is a full-time artist who works exclusively with LEGO bricks at his studios in Hong Kong and Beijing, China.
Andy has over 10 years of experience being the coordinator and creator of LEGO exhibitions co-organised by the LEGO brand and its partners, including top-level premium shopping malls in Hong Kong and China, government organisations as well as corporate clients. Notable creations by Andy go from large-scale architecture models to sculptures and mosaics, with many of them showcased to appreciators in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and Denmark.
Andy’s exhibitions have attracted more than 5 million visitors in Hong Kong and China, while his media coverage has already generated over 12 million impressions. His creations appeal to and are appreciated by a vast range of audiences, including young children and adults.
When Georg was 4 years old, he got his first LEGO® set - the 6382 Fire Station - and from that time, he never stopped playing with LEGO bricks. Georg is still fascinated by the creativity and imagination that can come to life through LEGO bricks. With just a few LEGO elements, you are able to build many creative models.
Through time, Georg's building skills have developed, and he has spent a lot of time showing his creations to children and adults and every time, he is amazed to see the sparkles in their eyes when they see his creations. That is the reason why Georg started his own company in 2012, producing professional models made out of LEGO bricks. His creations range from simple, small architecture buildings to life-size reproductions - the latest one being a 3.5 tonne tractor.