Author(s): Olaf Hajek
Olaf Hajek (b. Rendsburg, 1965; lives and works in Berlin) is o ne of theworld's most successful illustrators. His work has appeared in newspapersincluding the New York Times and London's The Guardian. He is a magicianof color and a superb storyteller. Over the past few years, he has also built areputation as visual artist with paintings in acrylic on wood or cardboard. Thespellbinding charm of his drawings and textured paintings derives from theirfolkloristic naivete and fresh spontaneity. Working in the tradition chartedby Andre Breton's essay on "Le surrealisme et la peinture," Haj ek createsfantasy worlds, drawing on a searching study of the human subconscious asrevealed in dreams. With their multilayered compositions and virtually endlesswealth of detail, Olaf Hajek's pictures invite us on a voyage into the unknown.With essays by Oliver Hilmes and Taiye Selasi, among others."