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Rafał Olbiński

He was born on 21 of February 1943 in Kielce. He is a painter, graphic designer and poster artist, one of the representants of the famous Polish School of Posters.

Son of Józef and Janina Chałupka, he was the eldest of seven children. Olbiński is an alumnus of Stefan Żeromski’s High School in Kielce. He graduated form Warsaw University of Technology in 1966, obtaining a diploma at the architecture department. After studies he took up a job as a graphic designer in a Polish magazine “Jazz Forum”. In 1981 he emigrated to Paris and later New York. 
In 1985 Olbiński started to work as a professor in the School of Visual Arts in New York. 

The artist’s works are exhibited at numerous museums and galleries, including Congress Library, Museum of Modern Art in Toyama, Carnegie Foundation and Poster Museum in Wilanów. They are also a part of many private collections around the world. Olbiński is collaborating with various magazines, like “New York Times”, “Newsweek”, “Bussiness Week” and “Der Spiegel”. In Poland he is also known as a designer of covers of the music albums by famous artists and bands like Krzysztof Klenczon or Breakout. From 1993 to 2003 he also created covers of the Polish magazine “Charaktery”.

Olbiński won hundreds of awards in international competitions. In 1995 he was awarded a first prize at “New York City Capital of the World” competition for his poster meant to promote the city. In 1994 in Paris he won a prize known as “the Oscar of poster world”, called Prix Savignac. In 1996 he won the competition held by International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. 

In 2012, for his outstanding merits for Polish and world culture, and achievements in his artistic works, he was awarded Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski.


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