Olaf Hajek (b. Rendsburg, 1965; lives and works in Berlin) is o ne of the world’s most successful illustrators. His work has appeared in newspapers including the New York Times and London’s The Guardian. He is a magician of color and a superb storyteller. Over the past few years, he has also built a reputation as visual artist with paintings in acrylic on wood or cardboard. The spellbinding charm of his drawings and textured paintings derives from their folkloristic naïveté and fresh spontaneity. Working in the tradition charted by André Breton’s essay on “Le surréalisme et la peinture,” Haj ek creates fantasy worlds, drawing on a searching study of the human subconscious as revealed in dreams. With their multilayered compositions and virtually endless wealth of detail, Olaf Hajek’s pictures invite us on a voyage into the unknown. With essays by Oliver Hilmes and Taiye Selasi, among others.