Born in Germany and raised in the Netherlands, Olaf Hajek studied graphic art and illustration in Düsseldorf and began his professional career in Amsterdam as a free-lance illustrator.
In his paintings he explores the relationships between imagination and reality, drawing on a rich variety of sources to construct an always colorful, often surreal and slightly off-kilter world. Interested in nature, he loves to paint flowers: “Flowers are such symbolic elements for me. They can be such a strong symbol for birth and death, for beauty and poison and the diversity of nature. I try to combine them with animals and insects and thorns and water: a whole circle of life!”