Brick City Gallery is pleased to present a selection of paintings, drawings, and posters by internationally recognized artist Rafal Olbinski. Exhibition continues through October 6th.
Brick City hours
Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 11-6:00 pm, Saturday, 1-5:00 pm, and by appointment. Admission is free.
Gallery is closed for national and University holidays. For more information about gallery exhibits and programs contact Robin Lowe, director, Brick City Gallery, at RLowe@MissouriState.edu or (417) 836-6794 or (417) 836-6795
Rafal Olbinski immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1981, where he soon established himself as a prominent painter, illustrator, and designer. Olbinski describes his approach to painting and illustrating as “poetic surrealism”. He has cited his influences as “everybody”, specifically Saul Steinberg, Milton Glaser, Marshall Arisman and Brad Holland. Rafal Olbinski’s works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art , the Carnegie Foundation in New York, National Arts Club in New York, the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress in Washington, Suntory Museum in Osaka, Japan, the Poster Museum in Warsaw, Poland, and others throughout Europe and the United States.
In 1995 Olbinski’s poster was chosen as the official New York City Capital of the World Poster in an invitational competition by a jury led by Mayor Rudolf Giuliani, and in 1996 he was commissioned by the U.S. Information Agency to design a poster celebrating the 25th Earth Day Anniversary. He was also commissioned in 2004 to create the Earth Day Poster. From 2002 through 2010, a selection of Olbinski paintings was included in the Grand Space projection in Grand Central Terminal, as a highlight of the Earth Day Celebration in New York. He has completed many large murals for installations in public space in Europe, and he has produced more than 100 opera illustrations for album covers for Allegro-Music’s Opera D’Oro Series.
Olbinski has received more than 150 awards including Gold and Silver Medals from the Art Directors Club of New York, Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles, and The Big Crit 2000 award by Critique Magazine in San Francisco. In 1994 he was awarded the International Oscar for The World’s Most Memorable Poster, Prix Savignac in Paris. The President of the Republic of Poland awarded Olbinski the highest award in the field of arts, the gold medal, “Gloria Artist.”
Olbinksi is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.