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Black Antoinette

An Exhibition by Olaf Hajek at Gestalten Space
Date: July 5–29, 2012
Location: Gestalten Space, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin
Vernissage: July 5, 2012, 18:00–21:00
Olaf Hajek will be in attendance.

To celebrate the launch of Olaf Hajek’s second monograph Black Antoinette, Gestalten Space is proud to present a solo show by this internationally sought-after illustrative artist.

Black Antoinette is a collection of Olaf Hajek’s most recent work that was created over the last three years, a striking selection of personal artwork, editorial contracts, and commercial portraits that showcase a remarkable style that has become more free and painterly during this time. His colorful illustrations and textured paintings are infused with a folkloristic naivety and freshness. Hajek masterfully melds influences from West African and Latin American art to create surreal juxtapositions of fairy tale fantasies and disordered realities. His magical realism enriches the perspective of anyone viewing his work.

Because he is interested in the haptical effect of brushes, paints, and structures, Olaf Hajek does not create his illustrative art on the computer. Rather, he works with acrylic colors on paper, wood, or gray board. He only scans his images to make them available to his clients.


This exhibit at Gestalten Space offers the perfect opportunity to see Olaf Hajek’s original work. The show includes a broad range of his illustration as well as select artworks. Olaf Hajek has also produced key images from Black Antoinette as signed and limited prints exclusively for Gestalten. In addition to these prints, a limited number of signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the show.

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Olaf Hajek, who was born in 1965 in Rendsburg, Germany and is now based in Berlin, is currently one of the world’s most successful and well-known illustrative artists. His work can be seen in newspapers including the New York Times and the Washington Post, in magazines such as Rolling Stone and Time, in advertisements for international brands, and on stamps for Great Britains 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. Over the last several years his personal work has garnered increasing attention on the international art market. After exhibitions in London, New York, Atlanta, Buenos Aires, and Cape Town, Gestalten is proud to show his work in Berlin.

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