Wao aka Lionel Wyss was born in 1973 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Wao was amongst the first graffiti artists in Switzerland to develop his own character style at a time (1985) when it was still pretty much underground.
After graduating from L'Ecole d'Art de la Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) in 1995, Wao started his own company: Wao Graphic Design and Communication. Since then, he has been doing graphic design, websites and promotion for various clients such as music & rock clubs, music labels & musicians, the Swiss National radio & several Art Museums. During this time he has also freelanced for Headbanger.ch & several other top graphic design companies.
Wao has always kept his passion for Graffiti art and has been part of several "crews" including tns and 296. He has painted in NYC, Seattle, Hong-kong, Seoul, Amsterdam, Milano and Switzerland. Over his trips he has made a film documentary called ¬®Ph√©nom√®ne Urbain¬® with original artists like Seyo CSM.
Wao Toyz are always in demand due to their unorthodox and unique style and their no compromises approach. Watch our for him in 2007 and 2008 as he is ready to breakthrough onto the international scene.
Designed Toy Releases
These are toys designed by Wao Toyz.
Toy Series Participation
These are toys that Wao Toyz has lent their design skills to.
These are one-off, or very limited, toys.
- Piece(s) for the Christmas Kaiju Group Show, 2014