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Olaf Hajek (b. Rendsburg, 1965; lives and works in Berlin) is o ne of the
world’s most successful illustrators. His work has appeared in newspapers
including the New York Times and London’s The Guardian. He is a magician
of color and a superb storyteller. Over the past few years, he has also built a
reputation as visual artist with paintings in acrylic on wood or cardboard. The
spellbinding charm of his drawings and textured paintings derives from their
folkloristic naïveté and fresh spontaneity. Working in the tradition charted
by André Breton’s essay on "Le surréalisme et la peinture," Haj ek creates
fantasy worlds, drawing on a searching study of the human subconscious as
revealed in dreams. With their multilayered compositions and virtually endless
wealth of detail, Olaf Hajek’s pictures invite us on a voyage into the unknown.
With essays by Oliver Hilmes and Taiye Selasi, among others.