Wiseman for the solo show Strange Flowers at Whatiftheworld Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. From the gallery: "Hajek's most recent body of work is a hypnotic tangle of botanical forms and color. Rendered in acrylic on wood panels, Hajek uses distressed and exquisitely fine mark-making to create a rich surface patina. Woven into the fabric of the work, the image of the flower is used as a seductive yet contradictory metaphor for fertility, poison, growth and decay. Much like the Dutch painters of the sixteenth-eighteenth century, his work looks at the brevity of life, capturing the vital essence of living forms and the continuing struggle for life where beauty is made more precious because of its transience. Through juxtaposing the human figure with his incandescent kaleidoscope of flora and fauna, Hajek looks at humanity's fragile relationship with nature and its cycles of birth and death."