Rafal Maleszyk has been named Hasselblad Master in Fine Arts 2014

He has travelled extensively, translating journeys and experience into a refined and creative body of work that expresses the sublime beauty of the natural world. Important motifs include cityscapes, ecological permanence, destruction, the power of nature, and the ephemeral nature of life. As well, the subtleties of texture, pattern, and light all play a significant role in transforming the genre of nature photography. Today, the artist’s theatrically beautiful Plastic series responds to confrontation of pollution and nature, the dance of debris with the grandeur of oceanic and desert terrains. Rafal lives and works in Hawaii.


2016 Los Angeles Center of Photography, dnj Gallery USA

2016 Black Box Gallery, Focus:Black and White, Portland, USA

2016 Del Rio Council for the Arts, Texas , USA

2016 White Stone Gallery , Philadelphia USA

2016 George A. Spiva Center for the Arts

2014 Michael H.Kellicut International Photo Show

2014 Photokina , Colone Germany

2013 Waikiki Art Gallery, Hawaii

2012 Contemporary Photography in Hawaii

2012 Griffin Museum of Photography , USA

2011 George A. Spiva Center for the Arts

2011 Contemporary Photography in Hawaii

2010 Poland International Photo

Selected Press

Hasselblad Masters Volume 4

Internationale Kunst Heute  2017

Silvershotz Australia

Lens Work USA

Fotographia Italy

Adore Noir Canada

International Masters of Photography Vol 2 USA

Black and white magazine USA

Camera Obscura USA

Black+White Photography UK

Popular Photography USA

Art Direct USA

PH Magazine Canada

Black & White Through Creative Eyes , United Emirates

I814 Magazine USA

Creative Quarterly USA

Digitalis Foto Hungary

Selected Awards

2014 Hasselblad Master Fine Arts : Winner

2012 Prix de la Photographie, Paris : Gold Award

2012 Black and White Magazine Single Image Contest : Silver Award

2012 Contemporary Photography in Hawaii : 1st Place

2011 Photo SPIVA : 1st Place

2011 Black & White Magazine Portfolio : Merit Award

2011 Camera Obscura Journal : 1st Place

2011 Prix de la Photographie, Paris : Silver award

2011 Contemporary Photography in Hawaii : Exhibition

2011 Foto Igrzyska Photo Olympics : Finalist

2011 International Aperture Awards : Silver Award

2010 The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards : Silver Award

2010 Poland National Photography Contest : 2nd Place


George Spiva Center for the Arts

Griffing Museum of Photography


Growing up in southern Poland, Maleszyk spent his childhood and early years in post-communist Poland. He first started exploring photography using a 35mm Kiev on his fourteenth birthday, and learnt how to develop black and white prints in the dark room set up by his father in the family kitchen.

From 1997 onwards, he traveled widely in Europe, Scandinavia and the United States, including Norway, Majorca, Vienna, the Netherlands and San Francisco, places that have inspired his artistic work.

In 1999, he worked for a German artist in Mallorca as a stone sculpture apprentice, where he developed his sensitivity towards textures and form. He later took up painting when studying at the College of Marin in California. The training in fine art has helped him with the craft of composition and experimentation.

In 2009, he moved to the Oahu island of Hawaii. He now works on photography projects, mostly Plastic Landscapes, specializing in large format prints series using a digital medium format Hasselblad camera. To date, his photographic portfolio covers landscapes from many countries including USA, Canada, Poland, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador.