Rafal Zajko - Artist

Rafal Zajko - Chelsea BA Fine Art - Reclining figure

Rafal Zajko graduated from Chelsea's BA Fine Art course in 2012, and now exhibits his art as well as working freelance for clients such as London Hippodrome.

What are you working on at the moment?

I have just finished working on a film commission for the London Hippodrome and my work was shown at Acme Project Space in May, alongside Ninna Bohn Pederson.

Best piece of advice you were given whilst at Chelsea?

Just before the end of my degree show in 2012, my tutor Gill Addison told me to follow my instincts. Something pretty simple but, at that stage, it felt like the toughest thing to do.

Is your current practice related to the work you did at Chelsea? 

I won the Acme Chelsea Studio Award for my degree show installation Facade, and this allowed me to continue working in much the same way as when I was studying. The only problem is a lack of workshop space, which I now know is absolutely priceless. My practice has naturally evolved to become more self-sufficient, and I'm slowly adjusting to these new conditions. 

Any tips for Chelsea students?

Make the most of the college's workshops, as when you graduate you'll realise how blessed you were. Visiting artist tutorials are some of the most refreshing meetings you'll have, that could open your eyes to unknown possibilities. And the Tate Britain is just next door, so pop by once in a while and explore.