South American folktale-inspired acrylic portraits by Olaf Hajek

South American folktale-inspired acrylic portraits by Olaf Hajek

South American folklore, legends, and religion come together blissfully in Olaf Hajek‘s portraits.

The Berlin-based artist depicts women and men juxtaposed with pops of colors, geometry, and  various elements of South American mythology. Often playing with the hairdos of his characters, Hajek’s illustrations are made using acrylic on wood and cardboard.

They’ve been critically acclaimed and have been featured in popular publications like the New York Times and the Guardian. His latest collection is being published in an upcoming book titled “Olaf Hajek: Precious.” Check out some of his work below and find more on Saatchi Art.

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