Olaf Hajek

Olaf Hajek (Rendsburg, 1965) is a visual artist and designer based in Mallorca.

Olaf Hajek’s work is an exploration of the liminal space between imagination and reality in the context of western cultures. His intricate painterly compositions are rendered in acrylic on board and embrace influences as diverse as folklore, mythology, religion, history, and cartographic imagery.

Using distressed and exquisitely fine mark making to create rich surface patinas, Hajek explores wonder, heroic acts, hallucinations, and fairytale motifs, by relocating and recombining dreamlike versions of reality he imbeds his imagery within new and mystical connotative frameworks.

Through juxtaposes the human figure with an incandescent kaleidoscope of flora and fauna, Hajek’s surreal tableaux’s speculate on humanities fragile relationship with nature and its cycles of birth and death.

Olaf Hajek graduated in Graphic Design at the Fachhochschule (Düsseldorf). Hajek exhibited internationally in countries such as Germany, Argentina, Spain, France, the United States or South Africa. His most recent exhibitions include "The Explorer’s Garden" at Kaplan Projects (Palma), "Paradise" at Museum Haus Löwenberg (Germany) or "Der Flüsterer" (Wetzlar, Germany). Hajek’s work is part of numerous publications such as the monograph “Olaf Hajek Works” by LudvigRage Publisher, “Veggie power” and “Flower power” by Prestel Randomhouse, or the monographs “Precious”, “Black Antoinette” or “Flowerhead” by Gestalten.

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Red bride, 2022

Acrylic and paper cut and gel medium on wooden board
46 x 55 cm
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Tree of young angels, 2022

Acrylic and paper cut and gel medium on wooden board
46 x 55 cm
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Tres madres, 2022

Acrylic and paper cut and gel medium on wooden board
46 x 55 cm
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