Olaf Hajek was born in Rendsburg, Germany. After he finished his degree in graphic design at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, he moved to Amsterdam and began to work as a freelance artist. His personal work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Atlanta and Cape Town.
A technically perfect illustrator, he creates enchanting visual patterns, scenes and creative characters in which nature and artifice are intertwined. Olaf collects mental images everywhere he goes: on his travels, in magazines, or on the internet.
African traditions, Indian temple art, South American folklore, and pop culture are all expressed in new ways in his almost surreal tableaux.
He plays with motifs of flora and fauna, archaic symbols and current themes, working them all into his pieces in great detail and virbant colour.
Awards and Honors:
Judge of Hiii Illustration International Illustration Competition
The Silver Award UK (2003)
The Gold Award at Art Directors Club Europe (2003)
The Silver Award at Art Directors Club Germany (2003)
Lead Award Gold Award (2004) Etc.
Selected Clients: Hermes, Apple, Cartier, Swatch, Lotte Mall, Vodafone, New York Times, Washington Post, United Airlines, Diptyque, ZACAPA, Brown Thomas, Schwarzkopf, The Ritz Carlton, Design Hotels, Leolux, Bombay Sapphire, Meissen Porcelain, Anthropologie, Ahlens Sweden etc.