• 07.14.14

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.


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.

About the author

Susan Karlin is an award-winning journalist in Los Angeles, covering the nexus of science, technology, and arts, with a fondness for sci-fi and comics. She's a regular contributor to Fast Company, NPR, and IEEE Spectrum, and has written for Newsweek, Forbes, Wired, Scientific American, Discover, NY and London Times, and BBC Radio.