Art which exposes the flaws of modern society is nothing new. But, when renowned illustrator Pawel Kuczynski publishes new work, we can’t help but take a peek.
The Polish artist specializes in combining powerful social commentary with satire in beautifully-illustrated pieces. Most of his work highlights the habits and obsessions modern humans have formed — the good, bad, and the ugly.
“From the beginning I found that illustration was the best way to express my observations. I always say, that I’m an illustrator of a surrealistic time, so that is reflected in my work.”
As Bored Panda reports, the artist began his career while living outside of his native Poland. Inspired to focus on more global issues, he couldn’t ignore what he saw.
“I wanted to be understandable for all peoples,” said Kuczynski. “I try not to speak directly about current problems. I try to find a wider view. Some times it’s too wide! I receive many different kinds of opinion from people, that I’m old communist, liberal, fascist, conservative, anti-technological man, etc.”
His latest illustrations tackle the topics of extreme poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation. Though these issues are discussed daily, it can oftentimes seem as if few people are adopting habits to better themselves and the planet.
The artist may seem like a cynic, especially when it comes to technology, but in reality, he is a realist.Kuczynski views sites like Facebook as tools.
“Facebook and other technological innovations are just the tools. It depends on us, for what kind of purposes we will use them,” said Kuczynski.
Following are 20+ new illustrations by the artist. Warning: they may make you feel uncomfortable:
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