Rafał Olbiński is unique as an artist because he paints the way a writer would write. I enter into visual dialogue with him, because he uses allegory, double entendres, and symbolism to create a visual vocabulary.
This "literary-style" of painting lends itself well to the posters for classical theatre and opera that he designs.
Polish posters characteristically depict themes metaphorically rather than directly, but have quite a sombre tone. Olbinski brings a touch of humour to this style.
"THE THREE MUSKETEERS"
"THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO"
"LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR"
"SAMSON & DELILAH"
COMPARED TO THE STANDARD "TOSCA" POSTER:
"La Traviata" by Verdi
And some of his other art work: