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Rafał Olbiński is an unusually versatile Polish artist – he is a painter, graphic designer, poster designer, illustrator, scenographer, designer. His paintings are representative of surrealism. In his works the artist creates a world full of ambiguous metaphors, reveries and mysteries. Olbiński was born in 1943 in Kielce. In 1969 he graduated from the Architectural Department at the Warsaw University of Technology. He then started working as a graphic designer, holding the position of, among others, graphics editor for ”Jazz Forum” magazine. In 1981 he emigrated to New York where he quickly gained recognition as an outstanding painter and illustrator. Since 1985 he has been giving lectures at the School of Visual Arts in New York. There are many images and graphics by Olbiński to be found in numerous magazines such as, among others, ”Time”, ”Der Spiegel”, ”The New York Times” and ”Newsweek”. For a few years he created the covers of ”Charaktery” magazine and designed a number of album covers for e.g. Krzysztof Klenczon and the band Breakout. Paintings by Rafał Olbiński can be found in numerous galleries and museums all over the world including New York, Washington, Toyama and Osaka. They are also readily purchased by private collectors. Olbiński has been granted more than 100 awards and distinctions for his paintings and posters. He has received, among others: the International Oscar for the Most Memorable Poster of the Year ”Prix Savignac” in Paris (1994), the First Prize in the competition of the International Human Rights Institute in Strasbourg (1976), the Gold Medal Gloria Artist (2006), and the Officer’s Cross of the Order Polonia Restituta (2012) for outstanding services to the world and Polish culture as well as his achievements in artistic work. The artist currently lives and works in the USA.
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