Rafal Olbinski's posters are an excellent synthesis of surrealistic mood and from the other side symbolism, characteristic to the Polish school of poster design. He has received more than 100 awards for his work, including Gold and Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators and Art Directors Club of New York. In 1994 he was awarded the International Oscar for the World's Most Memorable Poster, "Prix Savignac 1994" in Paris. In 1995 his poster was chosen as the official New York City Capital of the World Poster in an invitational competition, by a jury led by Mayor Rudolph Guliani. Following year he won the award for the best painting in the annual exhibition of the Society of Illustrators.
Rafal Olbinski was born in city of Kielce in Poland. He graduated from Architectural Department of Warsaw Polytechnic School. In 1981 he emigrated to the US, where he soon established himself as a prominent painter, illustrator and designer. Since 1985 he's been a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2002 Olbinski designed stage settings for Philadelphia Opera Company's production of ''Don Giovanni''.
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