Many artists discuss difficult themes through their works, making their viewers think and look at problems from different angles.

Stephan Schmitz is a conceptual illustrator Zürich, Switzerland. Stephan uses colors, shapes, optical illusions and sometimes even visual puns to tell complex stories in single images. Most of his images have a surreal feel to them, showing what could hide behind the reality.

Take a look at some of his works below.

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#1

What Most People Don't See

What Most People Don't See

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Failure is the ladder to success, but one should clean up the mess, or you can slip and break your neck!

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#2

Loneliness And Social Media

Loneliness And Social Media

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Greg Pinks
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The superficiality of social media relationships taking away from what we most need - real connection.

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#3

Accepting The Things You Can‘T Change

Accepting The Things You Can‘T Change

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#4

Father-Daughter Relationship And Unconditional Love

Father-Daughter Relationship And Unconditional Love

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Chicago Kitty
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a woman who has never known her father- he disappeared while I was still to young to have any memories of him- this one makes my heart wistfully sad.

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#5

Sexual Abuse In The Armed Forces

Sexual Abuse In The Armed Forces

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#7

„I Don‘t Care About Facts. I Have An Opinion!“

„I Don‘t Care About Facts. I Have An Opinion!“

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#8

Moods Wings

Moods Wings

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PyroarRanger
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We all hide our feelings every day. This resonates with me

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#10

Veterans Working In Regular Jobs

Veterans Working In Regular Jobs

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#11

Psychological Abuse In Relationships

Psychological Abuse In Relationships

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Magpie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh yes!. Applies to work relationships too, any bullying situation, even total strangers attacked for no reason.

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#12

Cheating

Cheating

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#13

Different Beliefs

Different Beliefs

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Charlotte Brine
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This also reminds me a lot of the issues families have to deal with when faced with a family member having an eating disorder. The ramifications it has on such close relationships and how it can tear them apart so easily.

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#14

„I Married The Wrong Woman“

„I Married The Wrong Woman“

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Bored Fox
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good thing that a divorce is no more a taboo in many countries. No one forces you to live in a relationship that you don't like anymore.

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#16

Impossible Love

Impossible Love

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All With Heart
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There was actually a Greek myth about this, though slightly different. A sculpture wanted a woman that was perfect for him, and disliked all the women he knew, so he sculpted his ideal woman, with the wish she would come alive. The goddess of love, Aphrodite, granted his wish.

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#17

Record Summer?

Record Summer?

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#19

What Lies Beneath The Surface

What Lies Beneath The Surface

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Inna K.
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love the idea! Knowing people in everyday life really is like sailing around tips of icebergs.

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#20

University Issues

University Issues

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Last Hurrah
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just when it was getting to the good part.

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#21

Will International Corporations Take Over Parts Of The Public Service?

Will International Corporations Take Over Parts Of The Public Service?

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#22

Loving A Man With Asperger's Syndrome

Loving A Man With Asperger's Syndrome

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#23

Misophonia - A Condition Which Makes You Allergic To Certain Sounds That People Make

Misophonia - A Condition Which Makes You Allergic To Certain Sounds That People Make

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Chicago Kitty
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I didn't know this was a thing- but now I think I have it. The sound of someone clicking a pen over and over-arghhh!

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#24

Dangerous Chemicals In Foodpackaging

Dangerous Chemicals In Foodpackaging

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GlassOfWater
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They say dihydrogen monoxide is the most dangerous. It accelerates corrosion and can cause suffocation. Yet it's such a common ingredient in everything...

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#27

Leaving Family

Leaving Family

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#29

Too Much Theory Being Taught At Universities

Too Much Theory Being Taught At Universities

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#31

Zen Living

Zen Living

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#32

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

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Wyndmere
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not my circus, not my monkeys. - Polish saying

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#33

Pharma Money Can Bias Drug Approvals

Pharma Money Can Bias Drug Approvals

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#34

Declining Places

Declining Places

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Magdalina777
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ooo this one's cool. There is a certain charm in decaying places though. They are sad, yes, but it's always like they hold some sort of mystery and even if you know most everything about them you just can't help wondering - who lived there, what did they do, like, hate? What memories do these crumbling walls keep? With a non-abandoned place, even if it's old but renovated and all, you just don't get that vibe somehow.

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#35

Difficulties Getting Around In A Wheelchair

Difficulties Getting Around In A Wheelchair

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Magpie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh yeah! And that is likely to be something the rest of us take for granted, like the toilet is in there, Or school, etc.

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#37

Fetal Monitoring

Fetal Monitoring

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Laugh Fan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We really should have been created with some kind of zipper arrangement.

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#38

"He May Not Be There For You In Difficult Situations"

"He May Not Be There For You In Difficult Situations"

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#39

Less Is More

Less Is More

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Xiaolaohu
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The only ones who say this are those with the means to feel comfortable, their minimalism is someone else's wealth.

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#40

Influencing Decisions

Influencing Decisions

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Bored Fox
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am not a huge fan of the 'big pharma' conspiracy theories.

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#42

Stuck In The Welfare System

Stuck In The Welfare System

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Magpie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh yeah!! But those walls have thorns, and people attack poor people with words " drain on the tax payers purse" from my prime minister. ( Australia ) As if anybody decided to get injured at work, and live with permanent pain. etc etc

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#43

Caught In The Welfare System

Caught In The Welfare System

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Magpie
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh yes! Votes this one up a hundred times ! Yes, trapped, helpless.

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#44

The Relativity Of Time

The Relativity Of Time

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Ohio Hands
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Time moves both fast and slow, can be both friend and foe.

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#45

Outsourcing Daily Chores

Outsourcing Daily Chores

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athornedrose
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

people have been "outsourcing" chores since the beginning of time. it's just in the last few hundred years that we pay for it instead of forcing it on someone else.

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#46

Becoming A Celebrity Through The Internet

Becoming A Celebrity Through The Internet

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#47

"Hope You Die Well"

"Hope You Die Well"

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Lenny
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Kinda cute but sad reality at the same time.

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#48

International Divorces

International Divorces

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#51

The Future Of Music?

The Future Of Music?

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#52

Brush The Dust Off And Keep Going

Brush The Dust Off And Keep Going

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Chicago Kitty
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A lot of times that's the only thing we can do. Bind up our wounds and hobble on...

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#53

The Next Big Computer Virus

The Next Big Computer Virus

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#54

The Risks

The Risks

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Laugh Fan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hah! If it involves balancing on some wire, then consider me a small splat at the bottom of the pit!

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#55

"Even Though He Loves You And Cherishes Your Relationship You May Never Get A Commitment"

"Even Though He Loves You And Cherishes Your Relationship You May Never Get A Commitment"

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Mont
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you never get a commitment, maybe he doesn't actually "love you and cherish your relationship"? Also, have you talked about your goals for the future? Make sure they line up. If not, its time to move on before any major commitments happen.

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#56

Opinions

Opinions

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Laugh Fan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There isn't anything wrong with having an opinion. How you express it might be an issue - or having an opinion and not saying until it's too late.

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#57

Being Alone Vs Loneliness

Being Alone Vs Loneliness

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Rebecah Ozuna
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Individualism it's a wonderful thing, specially for an introvert. There's nothing wrong to love being alone.

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#58

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

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Leigh C.
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is as only as smart as the people that created it. "If only I had a brain"

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#59

Remove

Remove