Olaf Hajek is currently one of the world’s most successful and well-known illustration artists. His work can be seen in newspapers including the Washington Post and the New York Times, in magazines such as Rolling Stone and Time, in advertisements for international brands, and on stamps for Great Britain’s Royal Mail. Despite the diversity of his clientele, Hajek makes no aesthetic compromises. His characteristic style is what makes his work appealing to a broad audience and range of clients. Now his personal work is garnering increasing attention on the international art market.
Hajek’s colorful illustrations and textured paintings are infused with a folkloristic naivety and freshness. Masterfully melding influences from West African and Latin American art, he creates surreal juxtapositions of fairy tale fantasies and disordered realities. His “magical realism” enriches the perspective of anyone viewing his work.
Black Antoinette is a collection of Olaf Hajek’s most recent work that was created over the last three years. The book consists of pieces done for galleries alongside a striking selection of editorial contracts and commercial portraits, all of which showcase a remarkable style that has become more free and painterly during this time.
In his preface, Dr. Philipp Demandt, the head of Berlin's Old National Gallery, positions Olaf Hajek at the nexus of the seemingly opposing realms of art and contract work.
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