The Visual Wit of Rafal Olbinski


Polish artist Rafal Olbinski has easily proven himself a leading modern surrealist with his provocative, prolific, and technically masterful paintings and illustrations. While gently paying homage to his predecessors, such as Magritte, he explores the irony of metaphysics, duality of meaning, and the limitlessness of imagination. His delightful “visual puns” become an artist’s take on wordplay, with wit, reverence, and a humor that is rarely found in Fine Art.
(b. 1945) hails from Kielce, Poland, graduating from the Warsaw Politechnical School. In 1982, he emigrated to the United States, since establishing himself as prominent illustrator, designer, and painter. He has taught at New York’s School of Visual Arts since 1985.
In addition to creating numerous distinctive and award-winning posters for major US opera companies, Olbinski has contributed highly acclaimed set designs. He has designed over one hundred CD covers; completed several major murals; and illustrated many book covers.
He has won over 150 major awards including including recognition by: Society of Illustrators, Art Directors Club of New York, Best of British illustration, Prix Savignac, and World’s Most Memorable Poster Competition (1994).

Olbinski’s work is exhibited in many major museums throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.


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Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (


  • Rachel says:

    What does his last painting resemble? I understand its Hierarchy of Appearances, but in what way? I just want to make sure I understand whats fully happening

    • GRaphicART says:

      Rachel, I would say you to give your own interpretation…. What do you feel by looking at the painting? I see someone trapped inside his shell, afraid to look out, to take the plunge and follow the train of a new life, and wherever that leads …

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