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All The Ills Of The World, In Beautiful, Biting Illustrations

Pawel Kuczynski’s satirical illustrations have been luring fans around the globe.

It’s visual whiplash. The soft lines and gentle colors lure you in, then–pow!–the subject matter hits you with unexpected force.

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After racking up nearly 100 prizes and distinctions around the globe–including the 2005 Eryk Prize from the Association of Polish Cartoonists–the stinging satire of 38-year-old Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski has been making its way around the Internet of late.


Kuczynski studied graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, but, in 2004, turned his attention to satirical illustration with an eye toward urging viewers to rethink their everyday influences–and the sway that social media, money, public image, and politics hold over all of us.

Check out the slide show for some of his works.

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About the author

Susan Karlin, based in Los Angeles, is a regular contributor to Fast Company, where she covers space science, autonomous vehicles, and the future of transportation. Karlin has reported for The New York Times, NPR, Scientific American, and Wired, among other outlets, from such locations as the Arctic and Antarctica, Israel and the West Bank, and Southeast Asia

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