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"Jazz on the Cover" lecture

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Walker Ames Room, UW-Seattle

Rafal Olbinski is a renowned painter and illustrator. Born in Kielce, Poland, 1945, he studied architecture before dedicating himself to painting and design. In the fall of 1981, he traveled from Poland to New York for an exhibit of his posters. On December 13, 1981, martial law was declared in Poland and Olbinski decided to stay in New York, where he soon established himself as a prominent illustrator and painter. In March of 1982, “Psychology Today” published his first American cover. Soon after this publication, covers for other magazines followed, among them “Time”, “Newsweek”, “Business Week”, and “Playboy”. For many years, his painterly illustrations appeared regularly in the “The New York Times”, where he worked with the legendary art directors Jerelle Kraus and Steven Heller. In the 1990s, he created a series of critically acclaimed posters for the New York City Opera. Although best known for his illustrations and posters, he also continues working as a painter, creating beautiful works in his signature style of poetic surrealism.

This free lecture will be followed by a reception.